FAIRYLAND - SCHIEMENTZ, Fritz (illustrator). Original watercolour; a fairy ring. Circa 1930.
An original, and charming, pencil and watercolour painting on Japon, or cream parchment, laid on brown board, loosely overlaid with contemporary pinkish-brown mount, the image signed by Schiementz in ink to the lower corner, image size 205 x 196mm, with some overall uniform toning and very faint speckling.
This fairy-tale image portrays a circle of eight gnomes gathered in a fairyland ring, in a forest setting, with an owl looking on. Each gnome sports a red and white toadstool hat, a young child views the scene from behind a large gnarled oak, and a pair of raggedly-clothed mice perch on the slim branch of another tree, to oversee the action.
Fritz Schiementz (born 1896 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf) was a published children's illustrator working in the 1920s and '30s who studied at the Staatliche Unterrichtsanstalt des Kunstgewerbemuseums and the Akademie in Berlin, before travelling to Italy, Sicily and Sweden. Among his works are Wie Joggeli eine Frau Sucht by Jeremias Gotthelf, published in 1923 and Lustige Ferienge Schichten by Josephine Siebe, published in Stuttgart and Berlin in 1934.