The following is a partial list of the many works that Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel created which were made into the popular postcards and thereafter the M.I. Hummel figurines. I have listed these in the order of their “H number” which was assigned to works of art that Sister Hummel created during her stay in the Convent Sießen. My intention here is to show you her beautiful artistry and how it influenced the production of some extremely nice postcards and then followed by the endearing ceramic figurines. Sister Hummel’s pictures brought the world a little closer together in how well she captured the innocent little smiles of children transferred to paper and canvas.
This page was updated on 14 August 2021.
Two of the original pastel pieces of artwork by Berta Hummel were purchased by Donald Deeks and auctioned off on 16 January 2021 for a total of $2,750. They are both signed to the lower right corner and are 16 inches wide by 22 inches tall. The titles of these two are in German at the bottom and are translated as, “A Bird Came Flying Along” and “I Could Care Less Whether I Have Gold or None.”
She Loves Me? with the German title Glücksklee was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941 as the inspiration for several figurines beginning with HUM 174 – She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not created by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1945. Other figurines included HUM 227 – a lamp by Arthur Möller in 1953, HUM 251 B – a bookend by Gerhard Skrobek in 1960, HUM 678 – a candleholder by Helmut Fischer in 1988, HUM 687 – a trinket box by Helmut Fischer, HUM 704 – 1982 annual bell, and HUM 864 – a miniature bell by Helmut Fischer in 1999.
He Loves Me? with the German title Er liebt mich? was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941 and produced on a Josef Mueller, Munich card #5790 from Ars Sacra. There is a perforated dish and a cross stitch kit with the same picture.
Daisy with the German title Mädchen mit Margariten was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941.
Lilly of the Valley with the German title Maiglöckchen was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941.
Buttercup with the German title Was giebts da zu lachen? literally translated as What is there to laugh about? was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941 as a possible inspiration for HUM 405 – Sing with Me? by Gerhard Skrobek in 1973 with the little girl looking up at a crow perched on a fence post.
Dandelion with the German title Pusteblume was created in pencil and water colors in 1940-1941.
Retreat to Safety with the German title Der Held drawn in charcoal and pastel in 1934 is shown in the Ars sacra postcard #4782 and the figurine HUM 201 – Retreat to Safety by Reinhold Unger in 1948.
Summertime with the German title Gute Erholung shown with the Ars postcard #5894 and the figurine HUM 316 – Relaxation, a 25-Year M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive created by master sculptor Karl Wagner in 1955.
The Golden Rule with the German title Quäle nie ein Tier zum Scherz drawn in 1932-1934 with charcoal and pastel as shown with the Ars Sacra postcard #4775 and Bildchen #9337.
Girl With Sheet Music with the German title Singendes Mädchen mit Notenblatt as seen with the Ars Sacra postcard #62.11170 and the ceramic postcard of the same drawing.
The Tuba Player with the German title Der grosse Bass as shown with the Ars Sacra postcard 62.1171 and reflected with the figurine HUM 437 – Tuba Player by Gerhard Skrobek designed in 1982.
Ring Around the Rosie with the German title Ringelreihen was created in charcoal and pastel in 1939 with six separate but similar figurines originating from this one drawing. The larger is HUM 348 with the same name Ring Around The Rosie with all four girls dancing sculpted by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1957, HUM 353 – Spring Dance with two of the four girls as a combined effort by several sculptors in 1962 and then each individual girl as HUM 912/A – Spring Time (Vroni) – M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive, HUM 912/B – Spring Waltz (Liesl) – 2007/2008 M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive, HUM 912/C – Spring Love (Zensi) – M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive and HUM 912/D – Spring Fancy (Rosi) – M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive.
The Waiter with the German title “hab’ die Ehre” written at the foot of the drawing translates to “I Have the Honors” is drawn in charcoal and pastel in 1939. The postcard is from Verlag Josef Mueller #5771 and presented as the figurine HUM 154 – The Waiter by master sculptor Arthur Möller in 1943.
The Work is Done with the German title Feierabend.
Homeward Bound with the German title Heimkehr on the postcard Ars #5773
Winter Fun with the German title Fahrt in die Weihnacht with the Ars postcard #5898 was the subject for the figurine HUM 396 – Ride Into Christmas as designed by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1971.
Letter to Santa with the German title Brief an’s Christkind with the Ars Sacra #14266. The figurine modeled from this is HUM 340 – Letter to Santa modeled by master sculptors Helmut Wehlte in 1956 and then remodeled by Gerhard Skrobek in 1970. (no photo)
Blue Heart Baby, Viel Gluck!/III, using color pencils on the size of a postcard.
Red Heart Baby, Viel Gluck!, using color pencils on the size of a postcard.
This Heart is Mine, Valentine Bub, created on October 11, 1938 in oil on canvas covered cardboard.
Catch my Heart, Valentine, Mädchen also created on October 11, 1938 in oil on canvas covered cardboard.
I Like You! Boy with the German title I’ hab di gern, Bub reproduced by Sister M. Laura Brugger in 1955. This was used by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek for the figurine HUM 399 – Valentine Gift in 1973 and used as the fourth M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive gift in 1980.
I Like You! Girl with the German title I’ hab di gern, Mädchen reproduced by Sister M. Laura Brugger in 1955. This was used by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek for the figurine HUM 384 – Valentine Gift in 1967 and used ten years later as the first M.I. Hummel Club Exclusive gift.
Child with May-wreath with the German title Kind mit Maikranz with the same colors as H 204 but represented by figurine HUM 791 – May Dance which was sculpted by Helmut Fischer in 1994.
And One Makes a Dozen with the German title Der Festags-Strauss drawn in 1937-1938 in charcoal and pastel shown on postcard Ars Sacra # 62.1381, Bildchen Ars Sacra #974 represented by the figurine HUM 257 – For Mother as a collective effort in 1962.
Praise to God with the German title translated to Easter Sunday which is a mate or a pair to H 652 following.
Who has the Sweetest Lamb? with the German title Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen? done in colored pencils.
Life is a Treasure, with the German title Freut euch des Lebens, in color pencil.
Sunshine with the German title O, Sonnenschein done in color pencils as translated by Gerhard Skrobek in 1984 with the figurine HUM 455 – The Guardian.
Angel Duet with the German title O, du Froehliche was created in charcoal pastel in 1937-1938 and shown with Ars Sacra postcards #5416 and #62.1411 with master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek modeling HUM 193 – Angel Duet in 1968 and HUM 261 – Angel.
Candle light with the German title Das Licht der Nacht with Ars Sacra postcards #5415, #5260 and #62.1412. The figurine HUM 192 – Candlelight is created by master sculptor Reinhold Unger soon after in 1948.
Angelic Sleep with the German title Zur Ruhe singendes Engelein with Fink Verlag Stuttgart postcard #211 showing this and the figurine HUM 25 – Angelic Sleep was modeled by master sculptors Arthur Möeller and Reinhold Unger in 1935.
Lute Playing Cherub is shown by Fink Verlag Stuttgart postcard #212 with the figurine HUM 24 – Lullaby by Reinhold Unger in 1935 and HUM 262 – Heavenly Lullaby by Gerhard Skrobek in 1968.
Christmas Angel with the German title Engel mit Adventskranz in colored pencils.
Little Gabriel with the German title Engel mit Trompete with colored pencils, a copy by Sister Laura Brugger.
Angel with Deer with the German title Engel mit Reh with color pencils.
Prayer of Adoration with the German title Die Freude der Weihnacht in colored pencils.
Guiding Light with the German title Viel Glueck und Segen was created in charcoal pastel in 1937-1938. Verlag Ars Sacra postcards #5417 and #62.1453 show this and in 1956, master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek modeled figurine HUM 343 – Christmas Song from this sketch. (no photo)
Poppy and Cornflowers with the German title Klatschmohn und Cornblumen drawn between 1934-1944 in charcoal and pastel.
Columbine With Bumblebee with the German title Akelei mit Hummel drawn in 1943-1944 with lead pencil, color pencils, watercolor and opaque white paint.
The Old Shepherd with the German title Hirt an der Krippe as part of the series of the Little Americans using only red and blue color pencils on white paper.
The Wise Men with the German title Die Heiligen drei Könige as part of the series of the Little Americans using only red and blue color pencils on white paper.
Merry Christmas with the German title Froehliche Weihnachten as seen in Ars postcard #5575, #5605 and Bildchen #9541. All of the Nativity figurines of the series HUM 214 and HUM 260 were taken from drawings created in charcoal and pastel around the years 1938-1939. The camels are not actually M.I. Hummel figurines as Sister Hummel never drew camels.
For all Men with the German title Friede den Menschen auf Erden literally translated as Peace all Men on Earth with postcard Ars #5611, Bilden 9539 where several angel figurines were created from this as a model.
Nativity with the German title Und hat ein Bluemlein bracht created in pencil, colored pencil and opaque white paint on non-gloss transparent paper with the postcard Ars #5111. (no photo)
Virgin and Child with the German title Weihnacht representing the series of the little Americans using only red and blue color pencils on white paper. (no photo)
Crossroads with the German title Drei Wanderburschen literally translated is Three Hiking Boys. The artwork was created in 1938-1939 as an oil painting. Two of the postcards are Verlag Josef Mueller, Muenchen #5380 and Ars Edition, Munich #62.1615. The figurines created from this were Hum 331 – Crossroads by Arthur Möller in 1955, HUM 331 – Crossroads Limited Edition in 1990, HUM 787 – Traveling Trio by Helmut Fischer in 1995, HUM 829 – Where to Go? by Helmut Fischer in 1999 and HUM 927 – Three Little Wanderers by Marion Huschka in 2018.
Post Coach with the German title Trari, trara Post was created in 1938-1939 in charcoal and pastel reflected by postcard Verlag Ars Sacra Josef Mueller, Muenchen #5549, Bildchen Ars Sacra #9803. The figurines are HUM 226 – Mail is Here and the wall plaque Hum 140.
Gift Bearers with the German title Beim Christkindlein was drawn early on in 1932-1933 as Ars postcard #4529 has two figurines created from this: HUM 421 – It’s Cold and HUM 423 – Horse Trainer by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1981 and 1980 respectively.
A gift for Jesus with the German title Jesus ist mein Bruder actually translated as Jesus is my Brother shown by Ars postcard #4532 had two figurines created: HUM 422 – What Now? And HUM 424 – Sleep Tight both by master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek in 1981 and 1980 respectively.
Oh Dearest Infant Jesus with the German title O Du liebes Jesulein was drawn in 1932-1933 demonstrated by Ars postcard #4531 resulted in one of the more famous figurines by master sculptor Arthur Möeller in 1935 HUM 31 – Silent Night, with Black Child as well as HUM 54 – Silent Night, candle holder by Reinhold Unger in 1936. Master sculptor Helmut Fischer created HUM 754 – We Come in Peace in 1993 from this sketch as well.
St. Francis with the German title Heiliger Franziscus with the Ars Sacra postcard #4442 and Bildchen #11192.
Good Friday with the German title Karfreitag created in charcoal and pastel in 1933 with postcards Ars Sacra Verlag Josef Mueller, Munchen #4492, #4525 and Bilchen #3809 with master sculptor Gerhard Skrobek creating figurine HUM 622 – Light Up The Night in 1990.
Volunteers with the German title Lieb’Faterland magst ruhig sein! or translated in English, Dear Fatherland, May You be at Peace which was written at the foot of the drawing. She created this piece of art some time between 1933 and 1935 in charcoal and pastel and came under scrutiny in a March 20, 1937 newspaper article. (no photo)
October with the German title Oktober drawn in 1935 in charcoal and pastel with the Ars Sacra postcard #4931 and Bildchen #9102.
It Is Finished with the German title Es ist Vollbracht! drawn in 1935-1936 with charcoal and pastel on canvas covered cardboard as shown in Ars Sacra postcard #5064 and Bildchen #9200.
Divine Love, with the German title Göttliche Liebe drawn in 1936 with oils on canvas reflected by Ars Sacra postcard #5102. An oil painting of Christ after the resurrection holding His heart to Saint Thomas to show that He had risen from the dead completed on March 25, 1936.
Mother of Us All with the German title Unser Aller Mutter created in pencil, colored pencils, opaque white paint on white drawing paper in 1936 as shown with Ars postcard #5110 or Ars Bildchen #9117.
Francis of Assisi with the German title Hl. Franziskus von Assisi as shown in the Ars Sacra postcard #5174 and Bildchen #9647.
Mother of the Savior with the German title Mutter des Erlösers drawn in 1938 as oil on canvas reproduced as the Ars Sacra postcard #5336, Bildchen #9496, whole triptych Ars Sacra postcard #5337. This canvas is the center piece of an altarpiece.
St. Francis at the Crib with the German title Hl. Franziskus mit Krippenkind drawn in 1934 with charcoal and pastel as shown with Ars Sacra postcard #5428 and Bildchen #11194.
Mother of the Creator with the German title Mutter des Schöpfers drawn in 1937-1939 in charcoal and pastel and reproduced on the Ars Sacra postcard #5489.
Saint Joseph with the German title Sankt Josef with the postcard #5490 and devotional picture, Bilchen #9646.
Mary in Mourning with the German title Die Schmerzensmutter drawn in 1938-1939 in charcoal and pastel and colored pencil as reflected with the Ars Sacra postcard #5682.
Mother’s Joy with the German title Müttergluck drawn in 1939 in charcoal and pastel as reflected by the Ars Sacra postcard #5821 and Bildchen #9722 and #10794.
The Lord Is My Shepherd with the German title Guter Hirte drawn in 1933-1934 in charcoal and pastel.
Pet-loving with the German title Tierliebe? shown in Ars Edition postcard #62.1700 with master sculptor Reinhold Unger creating HUM 136 – Friends in 1940.
Madonna of the Missions with the German title MissionsMadonna was drawn in 1932-1933 using charcoal and pastel with the HUM 855 – Millennium Madonna being rendered by master sculptor Helmut Fischer in the year 2000. She signed an unusual signature of B. Hummel on the left side and on the right added the word Sießen. (no photo)
Bouquet With Columbines with the German title Blumenstrauss mit Akelei drawn in 1932-1933 with lead pencil, color pencils, watercolor and opaque white paint on grey paper.
Bouquet Of Meadow Flowers with the German title Wiesenblumenstrauss drawn in 1933 with a lead pencil, color pencils, watercolor and opaque white paint on grey paper.
Girl shaking Tree with the German title Mädchen schüttelt Baum is one of only two drawings using colored ink in this series.
Jesus in the Manger, with Angel with the German title Jesus in der Krippe, mit Engel is the other of only two drawings using colored ink in this series.
Child in the Manger with the German title Krippenkind/II representing the series of the little Americans using only red and blue color pencils on white paper.
Angel With Music Stand Conducting drawn in colored pencils represented with the figurine HUM 169 – Bird Duet by Arthur Möller in 1945.
Angel Blowing Horn, Lantern on Right with the German title Engel blast Horn, rechts Laterne drawn in colored pencils represented somewhat by HUM 480 – Hosanna by Gerhard Skrobek in 1987.
Dr. Herbert Dubler, portrait of co-manager of Ars Sacra with charcoal and pastel on white drawing paper drawn about 1940. Dr. Dubler lived from 1895 to 1970 and was a manager of Ars Sacra from 1944 to 1967.
Editors Note: Any corrections you wish to bring to my attention are most welcome considering how much information has been added to this page.
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