Hilde Vogel-Michalik Art Collection

Hilde Vogel-Michalik (1918-1999)   Vogel 1

Hilde Vogel-Michalik, a painter, was born in Germany, where she studied English, German, and Art History at both Heidelberg and Berlin Universities, and art at the Folkwang School in Essen, where she studied painting under Professor Joseph Urbach and worked with fellow artist Anton Felderhoff.

In 1955, Hilde moved to the U.S. with her husband, sculptor and master carver Harold C. Vogel. The structure of Hilde’s life involved painting, reading, making bread, walking with her dog, and traveling with her sister Friedel Michalik. Hilde’s paintings reflected where they had been – in colors, in medium, in light or dark, and in forms, but not in shapes that we could necessarily recognize as being Egypt or Easter Island, the Grand Canyon, Greece, or Guatemala. Hilde painted for herself, and her paintings are abstract and rarely titled: they might best be seen as her conversations with the world around her, its places, light, colors, and forms. She worked in watercolor, oil, acrylic, or encaustic, a mixture of hot wax and pigment, which was perhaps her favorite medium, with its brilliant opaque colors.

Hilde played with colors and with forms. There is order, structure, and strength in her paintings, and also mystery. You will see a hint of the reds of Chaco Canyon, of the stone paving of a village in southern France, of brilliant Greek sunlight, or a moonlit landscape. Some of the pictures are intricate and linear. Others have strange black armatures surrounded by depths of gray and gold. And others look like exploding suns with big shapes and powerful colors.

Hilde’s works were a bequest to George Mason University from Harold C. Vogel.

Vogel Greeting Cards Sets, Series II, Now Available!

Each greeting card depicts a Hilde Vogel painting on front and is blank on the inside for a personal message. One set has six 5″ x 7″ cards, plus six envelopes. For more information, click here. 100% of proceeds are used for the care and maintenance of the Vogel Collection.

Thank you for supporting the Hilde Vogel-Michalik Collection.

Pioneer Contributor: Therese Banks

For more information about donating, click here.

Adopt A Painting:
Choose an original painting from the donated collection so it can be displayed! Painting needs range from a simple reframing to a full restoration. Adopted pieces will be displayed on the Science and Technology Campus with a plaque that reads “Adopted By [name of donor].”

Vogel Art Loan Program (Mason Employees only):
Through the loan program, Mason departments may display artwork from the Vogel Collection in offices around the university.

Own your own Vogel original!
When Harold Vogel donated his collection of Hilde’s artwork to the university, he gave permission to sell up to 30% of the collection, with the understanding that proceeds would be used to care for the remaining collection. If you are interested in owning an original Hilde Vogel painting, please contact Debbie Weitzman-Ward to make an appointment to view the collection or to find out more.

Excerpts from These Are My Songs, a memoir