PORTRAIT OF LIESELOTTE FRIEDLÄNDER, CA. 1926
Oil on Canvas
48¾ x 35 Inches
Signed and Titled Lower Left
Born in 1898, Lieselotte Friedländer moved to Berlin with her family in 1909 and by the mid-1920s had established herself as one of the most influential fashion designers of the Weimar Republic. Her drawings of elegant yet sporty women soon overflowed Berlin’s cafe landscape to become iconic templates for the avant-garde and feminists world-wide, contributing significantly to women’s increasing emancipation in the professions, social activism, sports and self-determined eroticism. The 1930s, and the darkness which followed, brought an abrupt end to Friedländer’s dazzling career. Categorized as “one-quarter Jewess” under Nazi racial laws, she faced the enmity of the German government and endured the complete suppression of her work.
This lyrical study of the fashion designer in her late twenties was painted by Georg Rössner, who studied in Berlin and Rome and, later, in Paris with Lovis Corinth. Rössner was a member of the committees of both the Berlin and Munich Sezession movements and, in 1920, was appointed professor at Berlin’s Stäatlichen Künstschule. He exhibited internationally with success including at the 1929 Exhibition des Peintres-Graveurs Allemands in Paris and his work is held in the permanent collection of the National Gallery in Berlin. Rössner’s powerful portrait of Lieselotte Friedländer serves as a poignant reminder of her enduring legacy.
Accompanied by a first edition copy of Lieselotte Friedlaender (1898-1973) by Burcu Dogramaci; published 2001 by Ernst Wasmuth Verlag Tübingen, Berlin.
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