Elizabeth Zimmermann Painting Prints & Meg Swansen Photograpy Prints
Over the years, readers of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen have asked about the paintings and photographs in our books and the potential for purchasing prints. We have reproduced a small selection of Elizabeth's art and Meg's photography for sale as prints. Each image is printed on canvas stretched over a sturdy wooden frame for hanging--see image below. (Elizabeth's Paintings 12X8 $85; 8X8 $75 and Meg's Photography 12X8 $45)
Painting and drawing were an important part of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s early life. At age 17, Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones attended an art school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she soon heard about a “vastly superior” school in München; she headed there one year later. In her book Knitting Around, Elizabeth writes: “I now began a heavenly period at the Heymannschule, the pre-Akadamie Art School on the Turkenstrasse in Munich. There must have been well over 30 students on its high 5th floor, all drawing away in charcoal from live models. ...Bliss had set in. The students were all of them talented and well-trained; many Germans and a few Americans....I continued to work hard at my drawing from life at the Heymannschule to the point where I put my name down for the entrance-exam to the Art Akademie. Arnold, whose father and ancestors had been active and famous in Munich’s art circles, introduced me to Professor Hess, who taught at the Akademie. He looked at my drawings and commented favorably...I took the exam... and continued at the Akademie for the next few years. Standards were high and I learned a great deal." Elizabeth continued to draw and paint for the rest of her life.
Meg Swansen, Elizabeth's daughter, followed in her mother's footsteps and, after high school, attended art school in Germany. Meg has carried on the knitting tradition she learned from her mother, but photography has been a secondary passion of hers for over forty years.
Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones (Zimmermann) painted this Italian village of Varagge in 1935, from the hillside above.
Barn and Red Granite Road
Arnold and Elizabeth Zimmermann both loved to paint and frequently went on “watercolor trips” through the Wisconsin countryside.This was painted in the 1970s.
Along the Wisconsin River, October 2012.
Owl behind Snowbank
This Barred owl hung around my house for several days in January 2009--one of several hundred shots I took. 12X8 canvas
Watercolor by Elizabeth Lloyd Jones (Zimmermann), circa 1935, on a flyfishing trip with the fisherman, Arnold Zimmermann.
Fraueninsel (Woman's Island)
The Zimmermann family had a summer house on the Chiemsee in Bavaria. In 1932 Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones (Zimmermann) painted this watercolor of the convent on the Fraueninsel; the “woman’s island.” (On the nearby Herreninsel, the “man’s island,” there was a monastery.)
Monarch & Bee
A freshly hatched Monarch on Catnip flowers.
Here is another 1935 watercolor by Elizabeth Lloyd-Jones (Zimmermann). Painting wild flowers was one of her chief pleasures.