Erika Abels d'Albert was born in Berlin on November 3rd, 1896. She was the only child of Dr. Ludwig Wilhelm Abels, in those days a very famous Viennese art connoisseur and writer. Her mother came from the surroundings of Berlin.
Erika Abels d'Albert grew up in a liberal, bourgeois and art-minded family. Her paternal grandfather, Salomon Abeles, was an important wholesaler for clocks and watches with stores in the first district of Vienna and in Budapest. One of her uncles was a writer like her father, two others were music teachers.
Erika Abels d'Albert got a private education in Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1911/12 she studied with Irma Duczynska and in 1912/13 with Felix Albrecht Harta. She decided early to become a professional artist because as early as at the age of 16 she made her first exhibition (portraits, nudes, still lives, fashion designs). During the following years she participated in exhibitions of the "Künstlerhaus Wien". Further venues were the famous Galleries Mietke (1919) and St. Lucas (1920 and 1922), the Imperial and Royal Museum of Art and Industry (today: Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art), the so-called "Sonnenuhrhaus" in Schönbrunn and the "Theseus Temple" in the Volksgarden in Vienna. In 1930 she took part in the exhibition of the Austrian Association of Women Artists.
Between 1933 and 1935 she emigrated to Paris. She exposed her works in the Gallery Gregoire Schustermann, in the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and in 1938 in the Salon d'Automne. After this her artistic activities are still unknown.
Erika Abels d'Albert died in 1975 poverty-stricken in Paris.
© Barbara Karahan, 2010