Suzanne Eisendieck

Suzanne Eisendieck

1908 – 1988

From 1929,  the year of her first of many exhibitions at the Salon des Independants in Paris,  Suzanne Eisendieck has been one of the most provocative,  arresting and widely admired figure painters in Paris, and one of the very few women painters in those years to achieve a world-wide reputation.

Any critique of her work immediately stresses the great individuality of her style,  the unusual sensitivity of her modeling and the fresh gaiety and singing quality of her color.  So completely distinctive is her work that,  when once seen,  no paintings by Suzanne Eisendieck, would ever be mistaken for those of any other painter.

Although born in Danzig,  she came to Paris in the late twenties and almost immediately became very much a part of this fascinating mecca for artists from all over the world.  It was in Paris that she first met  her future husband,  Dietz Edzard,  also German-born and also to become one of the brilliant painters of Paris.

Always a specialist in figure painting, particularly children and charming young ladies, Suzanne Eisendieck never fails in her canvases to achieve a completely entrancing, beautifully painted composition of unusual fascination

Many of her subjects are posed against an outdoor background- -a garden setting or an orchard where the artist has a glorious opportunity of picking up the wonderful shadow patterns made by sunlight filtering through blossoming trees or leafy branches.  The seashore has been another favorite setting,  recording sunny,  joyous hours spent St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat where she and her husband vacationed and painted.

This unusually gifted artist is a master not only of  fine color but also of light and atmospheric effects.  She creates so completely the “feel” of the scene that her sunlight has radiance and warmth which makes one feel very much apart of the scene.  The modeling of her faces and figures seems done in accents of light and shadow which give her paintings a special glowing quality.

In addition to her figure paintings, Miss Eisendieck has done some few flower compositions, usually introducing an element of music or the theater, both of which are close to her heart.  In her still-lifes the radiance and shimmer of her color harmonies are sheer beauty.  In these, as well as her figure subjects,  Miss Eisendieck proves herself a sensitive and finely creative follower of the great Impressionists.

In the years since her 1929 debut in Paris, examples of Miss Eisendiecks’s  paintings have been purchased for many of the fine collections of contemporary art in France,  Germany,  Holland,  South America and the United States.  Being a meticulous perfectionist in spite of the spontaneous and easy flowing effect she achieves, Miss Eisendieck is far from a prolific painter.  This, combined with the widespread interest in her work among European and American collectors, has made it increasingly difficult to find many of her paintings outside of collections. It is interesting that the lives of both Suzanne Eisendieck and her husband, Dietz Edzard, should have followed such similar patterns.  Both had a background of German heritage and early education in Germany, she in Danzig and he in Bremen.  Though at the time unknown to each other, both left Germany at approximately the same time and finally met in Paris.  In the years since their marriage each achieved a place of distinction both as highly respected, charming individuals among the important personalities of Paris as well as artists of great merit.  They both became such a integral part of the contemporary Parisian art world that they are usually considered a product of Paris.

Suzanne Eisendieck, as well as Edzard, has a quality of elegance and refinement in her painting which is rare today; also, a sensitive and completely artistic beauty which makes her subjects strongly appealing on first acquaintance and increasingly interesting on closer study.

Suzanne Eisendieck was definitely of today in her approach to painting and embodied in her highly personalized style many elements strongly attuned with the Impressionists and the basic attributes of fine contemporary art.  With all of this; however, there is a strong flavor of quaintness and piquant beauty in her paintings which gives her work a special appeal all its own which, once enjoyed, is unforgettable.

She stands out among contemporary painters as one who created great loveliness on canvas with imagination and a fineness of sheer painting quality which is a joy to study.

sflwaSuzanne Eisendieck