Emilie Mediz-Pelikan

1861 Vöcklabruck - 1908 Dresden

Emilie Pelikan was born in Vöcklabruck in 1861. She moved early to Vienna in order to study painting with Albert Zimmermann at the Academy of Fine Arts. When he was appointed professor in Salzburg and later in Munich, she followed him. Emilie Pelikan had a close friendship with the painter Adolf Hölzel, who headed the Dachau artists' colony. There she also got to know and love the artist Karl Mediz. From 1894 onwards, Dresden was the centre of life for the couple. They also had some success there. Emilie Mediz-Pelikan caused a sensation in public in 1890 with her picture "Ginsterfeld". The Viennese public was distanced from the work. Her breakthrough came around 1900. She was represented with paintings at, among others, the art exhibition in Dresden. At the opening exhibition of the Hagenbund in 1902, Emilie Mediz-Pelikan and Leona Abel were the only women whose work was exhibited. A year later, in its seventh exhibition, the Hagenbund dedicated a first overview of the entire work of the Mediz couple. However, it was impossible for women to be accepted as a full member during the almost 40 years of the artists' association, they were nothing but guests. The artist died unexpectedly in 1908 at the age of only 47.