27 x Sonia: Portraits by Walter Gramatté (1897-1929)

September 7 – October 17, 1993

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

This small exhibition of works on paper is a travelling show from the University of Winnipeg. It has been organized from the personal collection of Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, Director Emeritus of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The subject of the portraits is the musician and composer Sonia C. Eckhardt-Gramatté (1899-1974), the widow of the German expressionist painter Walter Gramatté and Dr. Eckhardt’s late wife.

The portraits when taken together are indicative of much about Gramatté as an artist. He experimented and perfected his technique in the use of several graphic media, notably etchings, which were important to him through the 1920s. he had earlier produced woodcuts, lithographs (sometimes coloured) and dry points as well: all are represented in this exhibition.