Saturday, March 27, 2010
Marie Flatscher's Beautiful Children on Postcards
Marie Flatscher is one of my favorite artists - her work is found on PFB published postcards and on Meissner Buch published postcards, plus on some cards where the publisher is not given. She has a witty, humorous way of portraying children both in natural child settings, and doing adult things as in her children-driving-thru-the-countryside designs like the one above. Her colors are bright and her draftmanship sure and confident. Once in a while sellers list cards with awkward children on them as Marie Flatscher designs, but once you have developed an eye for Flatscher's work, you won't be misled. A small number of her designs are signed with her initials M.F., but most of our collection consists of unsigned images.
Some tell-tale signs of a Marie Flatscher design include the old-fashioned baby's bottle, and some soggy socks drooping around the toddlers' ankles. Along with the socks, shoes are often missing or simply slippers. Her children's faces are unmistakable, though, with their sweet winning smiles and bright eyes. Here's an Easter design that shows the Flatscher footwear and the wonderful facial expression. A great big chick joins in the Easter celebration and the background is pastel flowers - pale pink/violet. Most of Flatscher's designs are embossed and all the ones in this post fall into that category. Some of the Meissner Buch published designs are flat - and some of them are quite elegant fantasy images with children in flowering trees, in starry skies and other magical settings. The PFB designs are easier to find in the U.S. and the M&B designs seem more numerous in Europe.
Below is another countryside design where the children are shown in motorized freedom - there's a design where they have chased a goose off the road while they zoom along in their auto, for instance. Here they are having a picnic, with wine for big brother (he isn't THAT big!) and a milk bottle for baby sister. Flatscher often shows her children with dogs or cats, and she is just as masterful at portraying pets.
PFB published a childhood set of Marie Flatscher designs that shows children at home playing with siblings and animals, surrounded by toys. Above is one of the childhood designs where baby and brother are on a red rocking horse. The poetry can be touching or surprising, as each extolls the joys of childhood...sometimes by comparing the carefree younger years to the stresses and woes of adulthood. The poem on this card says, With whip and spur they merrily course, They've ridden far today. What though their steed's a wooden horse, What hunter's life's so gay!
Here is another childhood design, this time with baby and big sister, an old-fashioned jester doll at the foot of the red cradle. This time the poetry reads: Sunny little faces always gay, Little airs and graces all the day. How their little dimples charm away our care, Make our mighty troubles vanish into air.