They are joyful, whimsical figurines first produced decades ago.
Several are featured in an exhibit at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport.
The exhibit is titled The World of Berta Hummel.
Betty Dexter has graciously loaned many of her Hummels for the exhibit.
Dexter loves children’s faces, and says they look very real.
German children, carefree. Playing. Dressed in traditional folk costumes.
There is a girl reading a book, a child playing on a scooter, the beautiful eyes on a white porcelain doll.
The Happy Wanderer is one of the most popular.
Each one has a title and Berta’s insignia is on each piece.
Berta Hummel was an artist. She is depicted in a piece known as the Fond Goodbye. In that Hummel, Berta is going by coach to attend an art academy in Munich.
On the top of the piece, you can see a sketch pad. Berta is waving goodbye.
Her art was displayed on postcards. Those postcards became the inspiration for the porcelain figurines which were made by a company in Germany.
Her faith, her art, and love for children were important to Berta.
In 1931, she entered the convent, and later became a nun.
Her name was Sister Maria Innocentia.
At one point, the Nazis banned the distribution of her art in Germany.
In November of 1946, she died. Sister Maria was 37 years old.
A fascinating story about an artist. A nun.
The World of Berta Hummel will be on exhibit at the German American Heritage Center through July 28th.
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