Emma Bormann Biography

Emma Bormann




Impressionistic realist printmaker Emma Bormann was born in Döbling near Vienna, Austria in 1887. She began as a student of Ludwig Michalek and Oscar Laske. She continued her studies with at the Munich School of Applied Arts between 1917 and 1921. Beginning in 1926 she taught art at the University of Vienna.In Austria she began cutting her dramatic black and white woodcuts.

Bormann, like many artists of the time, traveled extensively, first throughout Europe and then the USA. Between 1941 and 1950 she traveled and lived in Japan, China, and Hong Kong, where she learned the color woodcut skills she showed later in her career. In the 1950s she returned to the United States, settling down in California where she died in 1974.

Bormann's work also includes lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, oils and watercolours. Emma Bormann’s works are represented in collections of Viennese museums, in British Museum, London, in Metropolitan Museum, New York, in National Art Gallery, Melbourne and in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.