Johanna Scholz-Jahn

Cafégarten, 1930

Gemälde von Johanna Scholz-Jahn, Öl auf Leinwand, 66 x 82 cm

Johanna Scholz-Jahn (1892–1990), Cafégarten, 1930

Genre Painting
Materials Oil on canvas
Size 66 x 82 cm
Signature signed bottom right: Joh. Scholz-Jahn

Restored with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung

Research status

Provenance is established. The work does not qualify as a cultural asset extorted due to Nazi persecution.

Belated tribute

In 1979, when the artist was 87, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Johanna Scholz-Jahn (1892–1990) was held from 22 February until 30 March at the music school in Zehlendorf. The works were produced between 1912 and 1978; among them were “Café Garden” from 1930 and a later version of the motif from 1935.

Before the exhibition began, Eberhard Roters – then director of the Berlinische Galerie – visited the artist, who showed him some of her pictures. He noted down the works he found most interesting. Scholz-Jahn decided to donate three of her paintings to the young Berlinische Galerie: “Café Garden”, “Stralauer Fischzug” and “Borkum”.

Brief, Schreibmaschine auf Papier

Letter from Eberhard Roters to the artist Johanna Scholz-Jahn confirming their oral agreement about the donation in writing, 18 September 1979. Roters dated “Café Garden” as “c. 1939”, which was presumably an error.

Letter from Eberhard Roters to Johanna Scholz-Jahn, 18.9.1979

© Repro: Anja Elisabeth Witte
Brief, Schreibmaschine auf Papier

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Letter from Eberhard Roters to Johanna Scholz-Jahn, 18.9.1979

© Repro: Anja Elisabeth Witte

Thanks to her father August Scholz (1857–1923), a writer and well-known translator of Russian literature, Johanna Scholz-Jahn grew up in artistic and literary circles. She began taking art classes early at various private studios in Berlin and later studied with Philipp Franck (1860–1944), who belonged to the Berlin Secession, and with Willi Maillard (1879–1945). Apart from painting she worked as an art teacher.

Scholz-Jahn lost her job in 1933 when the Nazis introduced tougher rules to ban married women from the civil service and the education sector. This was one of many measures designed to curtail women’s employment. During the war years she only painted a few portraits. After 1945 Johanna Scholz-Jahn continued to produce art, but it was a long time before she had another exhibition.

In 1980, a year after the generous donation by Scholz-Jahn, two of her works – “Stralauer Fischzug” and “Café Garden” were included in the show “Art in Berlin from 1930 to 1960” at the Berlinische Galerie. Now, some 40 years later, “Café Garden” can be seen again.

Gemälde von Johanna Scholz-Jahn, Öl auf Leinwand, 75 x 90 cm

“Stralauer Fischzug”, oil on canvas, 1940, is another of the three paintings gifted to the Berlinische Galerie by Johanna Scholz-Jahn in 1979. The annual fair boasted a long tradition.

Johanna Scholz-Jahn, Stralauer Fischzug, 1940

© unknown; Repro: Kai-Annett Becker