Baroness Kathe Olshausen-Schonberger Biography

Baroness Kathe Olshausen-Schonberger

Austrian

1881-1967

Biography

  Käthe Olshausen-Schönberger was born on June 11, 1881 in Mödling, Austria as Katharina Ludovika Schönberger. She grew up in Abbazia and moved with her family to Berlin, Germany at the age of 14. Without having completed a training, she was already a well-known illustrator and illustrator of ex-libris and animal caricatures at the age 20. Numerous drawings by the artist were first published in the ‘Flying Leaves’ and later in book form. In 1914 she received the silver medal of the Bugra in Leipzig. The term BUGRA was created from the initial letters of the words "Buchgewerbe" (book trade) and "Graphik" (graphic arts).

She acquired the double name after her wedding to the German diplomat Franz Olshausen. They were the parents of the American biochemist Joern Olshausen (1903-1988). In the marriage with Olshausen she lived in Berlin, Munich, Königstein in the Taunus, and at times in New York, South America and probably in Africa.

Around 1900 she designed a collection of illustrations for Cologne chocolatier Ludwig Stollwerck, including the series "Reineke Fuchs" for Palmin. She used the monogram ‘KOS’ to sign her illustrations.

In her second marriage she was married to painter Carl Ritter von Dombrowski zu Papros und Kruswic. After that, she also used the name Katharina von Dombrowski and Baroness Dombrowski to sign her works. Beginning in 1930 she published numerous novels, short stories and essays. She also worked for film and radio plays and as a translator from English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

  She actively participated in Norwegian
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and explorer Fridtjof Nansen's appeal for donations to Russia victims of WWI. In 1933, she tried to publish her strongly anti-military dictatorship critiquing novel "In the Land of Women" in Hitler’s Germany however, the publication succeeded only two years later, in England and in the United States. She lived in the USA between 1925-1951. In the German National Library
she is known as Katharina von Dombrowski.

Baroness Käthe Olshausen-Schönberger von Dombrowski died on December 31, 1967 in Graz, Styria, Austria.