Naturally people conclude from the delightful children's scenes that the artist, too, was always a cheerful person.
This interpretation was good for the marketing business. Berta Hummel became a "trademark." The complexity of her character remained unnoticed for many years.
Red Dahlias, 1929/30
Only upon viewing her artistic work during her entire life can the complexity of her rich character be appreciated: sensitivity and exquisite lines in her flower studies, robust humor in her caricatures, genuine affection in her children's pictures, a clever awareness of particular features in the street scenes and landscapes.
Massing, market square in spring, 1929
The energetic lines of the charcoal drawings and the freeness in her use of watercolor techniques show her artistic self-confidence and determination.
The Dog "Lord", 1929/30
Berta's lively interest in her environment is documented in numerous portraits done during her college years in Munich. These show relatives and friends as well as professional models at the art school - altogether a fascinating gallery of her experiences and proof of her powers of observation.
Lady in Red, 1930
It is astonishing that the artist who has become famous for her cheerful children's pictures is most effective and impressing in her portraits of elderly people. She portrays old age with deep empathy, but without an exaggeration.
Portrait Maximilian Dasio, woodcut 1930