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Ingeborg M. Vass
(1923-1993)

Ingeborg Vass emigrated from Austria to the United States and settled in Arlington, Virginia near Washington, DC. She had been trained as a scientific illustrator in Austria, and her sharply detailed watercolor renderings show the precision typical of such a background. She made the acquaintance of George Switzer, who was at that time the Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution, and he loaned her a number of Smithsonian specimens to illustrate. Two of the paintings she produced are still in Switzer's possession. In the early years of the Mineralogical Record two of her paintings appeared on covers, one of them (a smoky quartz with amazonite) appearing on the second issue in 1970 and the other in 1971. Unfortunately Mrs. Vass was involved in a car accident that resulted in the loss of one eye, and she ceased painting. She died in Arlington in 1993.

Paintings by Ingeborg Vass are quite rare, and we would like to display more of them here. Anyone reading this who owns one of her paintings is invited to send us a scan or photo of it for posting. Contact Wendell Wilson at minrecord@comcast.net.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1987) Mineral art today. Rocks & Minerals, 62, 328-343.
Social Security Death Index

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Number of artworks found: 9 | Artworks being viewed: 1 to 8

The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Amethyst, Guerrero, Mexico Amethyst, Guerrero, Mexico
Watercolor on artist paper (pre-1975), Smithsonian specimen. Current location of painting: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Azurite, Tsumeb, South-West Africa Azurite, Tsumeb, South-West Africa
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1975), painted from a Smithsonian specimen. Current location of the painting: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Aquamarine,  Alabaschka, Siberia Aquamarine, Alabaschka, Siberia
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1975), painted from an 11-cm specimen in the Smithsonian Instutution. Current location of painting: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Fluorite, Illinois Fluorite, Illinois
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1975), painted from a specimen in the Smithsonian Institution collection. Current location of painting: unknown.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Barite Rose Barite Rose
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1975), painted from a specimen in the Smithsonian Institution collection. Current location of painting: unknown
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Apatite, Panasqueira, Portugal Apatite, Panasqueira, Portugal
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1975), painted from a specimen in the Smithsonian collection. Published on the cover of Mineralogical Record, March-April 1971. Current location of painting: George Switzer collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Amazonite with smoky quartz, Pikes Peak Amazonite with smoky quartz, Pikes Peak
Watercolor on art paper (pre-1971), painted from a specimen in the Smithonian Institution; published on the cover of Mineralogical Record, Summer 1970. Current location of painting: George Switzer collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Ingeborg M. Vass - Tourmaline Tourmaline
Watercolor on art paper (before 1968), probably painted from an 8-inch crystal from the Pala Chief mine thought to be in the American Museum of Natural History. This painting was found in the Smithsonian among the papers of mineralogist Waldemar T. Schaller following his death in 1968, and has been attributed to Ingeborg Vass. It was published in R. V. Dietrich's book The Tourmaline Group.
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