Exhibition Notice! Women Artists in the Kunsthalle Bern: An Archival Investigation

Kunsthalle Bern BERN | SWITZERLANDMAY 29, 2021 – JUL 25, 2021 For all of you in Switzerland, this is the last week!!   This exhibition includes the artist Margrit Linck Daepp (1897-1983), who Virginia visited and whose ceramics she collected whenever she traveled through Bern. Bern had, in fact, three friends she saw: Margrit Linck and…

The Milwaukee women adventurers – expatriates: Polly Coan and Virginia Fontaine

In Virginia Fontaine’s effort to work while her husband, Paul, was at war in Italy (building and destroying bridges with the Army Corp of Engineers), she assisted the director of the Milwaukee Art Institute (now Milwaukee Art Museum), Polly Coan (1919-2015) (later Frances Nemtin). Polly, a Bryn Mawr graduate, had the most extraordinary upbringing in…

On the Eve of International Holocaust Memorial Day

In advance of January 27th’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, here is a first account on what Europe was like right after World War II.  Virginia wrote, “In 1946-47, the roads were clogged with refugees walking and pulling carts from East Germany to West Germany. It was the coldest winter in about 100 years—even the Rhine…

Welcome to the Fontaine Archive

Current News Stay up to date with exhibitions, blog posts, and special events! For researchers, collectors, and art enthusiasts For researchers: The Fontaine Archive contains the writings and photography of Virginia Hammersmith Fontaine (1915-1991) and information about the life and paintings of Paul Emile Fontaine (1913-1996). The collection of documents and rare images is an…

Trusted Eye:Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate

Trusted Eye: Post–World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate is a compelling narrative of an American wife and mother finding her place amid the rubble of war-torn Germany. Virginia Fontaine fought continually for recognition—as a woman, a photographer, an art curator, and, perhaps most importantly, a liaison between beleaguered German artists and the…