The Maisons:

150 years of Art & Design

Thanks to the Jewish Museum Munich for their work compiling and preserving this history.

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Karl E. MaisoArt historian and gallery owner.


Known gallery located first in Berlin and after the war in London.

Karl Maison kept a regular column in the berlin newspaper, mainly as an art critic as well as general happenings in the local arts scene.

He was most known as the authority on the works and life of Honore Daumier and published several books on Daumier.

perhaps the most well known is Karl Maison's books is titled:

Art themes and variations; Five centuries of interpretations and re-creations The book saw revised editions in English and German 

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Jupiter and antiope, by Margarethe Maison after Paolo Veronese

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Margarethe Maison,  Painter


Margarethe studied painting in Berlin where she lived until just before her marriage to Hellmuth Maison. She then worked as an artist in Munich, making copies of famous paintings in the Pinakothek museums, which were sold to private customers.

Porträt of Margarethe Maison by Hugo von Habermann Pastell auf Malpappe München, 1895

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Hellmuth Maison, Architect 

also illustrated and authored children's books


Hellmuth Maison drew and coloured this book for his daughter Nora, who was four at the time. He also penned the rhymes, which together with the pictures, were aimed at teaching a child the necessity of being obedient, in line with common pedagogical methods at the turn of the century. This book served as a basis for “The Good Doctor,” a book which he published together with Dr. Max Nassauer.

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Villa designed by H. Maison

Carl Maison, passementerie dealer


“A. Maison – Posamentenhandel”,  shop on Prannerstrasse 24  Munich

Apart from being the 19th-century version of an interior designer Carl Maison was also Representative of the liberal Deutsche Freisinnige Partei in the Bavarian parliament, “Kommerzienrat” (an honorary title conferred on distinguished financiers or industrialists), and consul for the union of Sweden and Norway, as well as of Denmark.

When he died in October 1896, tributes poured in from around the country. A newspaper article in the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten of October 30, 1896, read: “The esteem in which Maison was held by everyone can be seen alone in the fact that he was elected a member of parliament for Munich despite his being a Jew and despite the anti-Semitic movement having already become established in other regions and his utterly liberal-minded views on religion.

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a Study/exhibition: The Maisons A Jewish Family from Munich

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