Gertrud Natzler American, born Austria, 1908–1971 Otto Natzler American, born Austria, 1908–2007
About this artwork
Gertrud and Otto Natzler worked as a team for more than 30 years, forming a unified voice in their delicately thrown ceramics glazed in a riot of experimental colors and textures. Gertrud worked on a potter’s wheel to achieve her extremely thin vessels, while Otto developed the glaze formulas. They marketed their work as art objects and exhibited at world’s fairs, galleries, and museums, including an exhibition at the Art Institute in 1946, when this work entered the collection.
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Jennifer M. Downs, “‘The New Modern Feeling’: A Catalogue of the Collection,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 27, 2 (2001), 84–88, cat. 24 (ill.).
Judith A. Barter et al., American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago, From World War I to 1955 (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2009), cat. 166.
Art Institute of Chicago, Contemporary Ceramics of the Western Hemisphere, Jan. 20–Feb. 23, 1942.
Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Ceramics and Woodenware: A Special Loan Exhibiton of Ceramics by Maija Grotell of Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Gertrud and Otto Natzler of Los Angeles, and Woodenware by James Pestini of Chicago, Mar. 1–31, 1946.
With Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, by 1946; sold to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1946.
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