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Hildegard Könighofer
(1954-    )

Hildegard Könighofer was born in Rettenegg, Steiermark, Austria in 1954, and studied art at the Höheren Grafischen Bundesanstalt in Vienna from 1968 to 1972. She was then employed for four years as a graphic artist for a Graz advertising company. Since 1980 she has worked as a free-lance painter and graphic artist in Graz, as well as being a wife and mother. She creates her mineral specimen portraits using a combination of watercolor and colored pencils, always paints the specimens actual size, and always paints from the actual specimens without the use of reference photographs. Thus far she has completed paintings of 160 mineral specimens, recently many from Romania. Her work has been exhibited in shows in Voitsberg (1988), Wiener Neustadt (1988), at the Joanneum in Graz (1989), at the Munich mineral show (1991), and at Schloß Farrach, Zeltweg, Steiermark (1994).

Hilde's interest in minerals grew as a result of ten years of field collecting with her partner, Dietmar Jakely. They have accumulated a large collection specializing in Austrian minerals, providing her with specimens to illustrate. She also borrows specimens from other collectors and mineralogists. Since 1987 she has concentrated primarily on documenting the best specimens in public and private collections in Austria, and has expanded her scope to include worldwide minerals. She also paints botanical subjects.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1993) The mineral art of Hildegard Könighofer. Rocks & Minerals, 68, 120-121.
Könighofer, H. (1989) Katalog zur Sonderausstellung [Exhibition catalog of the special exhibition], Landesmuseums Joanneum, Graz. 32 pages.

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Number of artworks found: 24 | Artworks being viewed: 1 to 8

The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Aragonite from Erzberg, Steiermark, Austria Aragonite from Erzberg, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1989), painted natural-size from a 17.8-cm specimen in the collection of the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (the museum also owns the painting).
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Wire Silver from Brand, near Freiberg, Saxony Wire Silver from Brand, near Freiberg, Saxony
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1989), painted natural-size from a 10.6-cm specimen in the collection of the Freiberg Mining Academy. Painting: now in the Daniel Trinchillo collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Epidote with Byssolite from Knappenwand, Austria Epidote with Byssolite from Knappenwand, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1990), painted natural-size from a 12.1-cm specimen in the collection of the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria. Painting: Johannes Keilmann collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Amethyst from Zillertal, Tirol, Austria Amethyst from Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1992), painted natural-size from a 9.4-cm specimen in the collection of E. and R. Planitzer. Painting: collection of Prof. W. Stoehr.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Crocoite from Dundas, Tasmania Crocoite from Dundas, Tasmania
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1997), painted natural-size from a 6.8-cm specimen in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna. Painting: Daniel Trinchillo collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Barite with Marcasite from Nistru, Romania Barite with Marcasite from Nistru, Romania
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1997), painted natural-size from a 10.2-cm specimen in the collection of René Triebl. Painting: artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Nephrite Jade from Deutschfeistritz, Steiermark, Austria Nephrite Jade from Deutschfeistritz, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (2001), painted natural-size from specimena up to 10 cm in the collection of Mag. H. Hiden, Graz. Painting: artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Black Scheelite from Baia Sprie, Romania Black Scheelite from Baia Sprie, Romania
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (2004), painted natural-size from a 5.5-cm and a 3.7-cm specimen formerly in the collection of René Triebl. Specimen and painting: private Swiss collection.
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