Mrs. Brakhan

early 20th cent., Germany





The mediumistic drawings presented here were all executed in August and September 1922. They come from the hand of a certain Mrs. Brakhan, the wife of a Hamburg architect, who created automatic drawings in the 1920s under spiritualist influence. Of her life and her mediumistic activity, nothing else is known but a brief communication in the February 1925 issue of the journal Psychische Studien, where she is mentioned as a "drawing medium of plant-like ornaments".

On the back of the ornamental pencil drawings, the medium's spirit guide signs with the words “Auf Wiedersehen” (“goodbye”) in large characters. Apparently from another hand was noted: "2nd master". These works are typical floral ornament-like structures frequently encountered in mediumistic artistic productions.

At the beginning, Narciso Bressanello was just a self-taught artist who unexpectedly followed an inexplicable impulse. A neighbor of his quarter suspected a paranormal background. He organized spiritualistic séances in which a spirit guide by the name of Fidelio appeared and identified himself as the originator of the works. Bressanello noticed the manifestation of the spirit with joy and not without pride and accepted henceforth the spiritualist interpretation of his works.



2019 Plants of the Soul: Floral Fantasies between Symbolism and Outsider Art. Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 31/03 – 04/08/2019

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