Fighting for Visibility Women Artists in the Nationalgalerie before 1919

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Girl with a Garland in her Hair, ca. 1901 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / acquired by the federal state of Berlin in 1962 / photo: Jörg P. Anders

Fighting for Visibility Women Artists in the Nationalgalerie before 1919

11.10.2019 to 26.01.2020
Alte Nationalgalerie

Exactly 100 years ago, the first women were allowed to participate in regular art courses at the Berliner Kunstakademie. While such a late date is no cause for celebration, it nonetheless offers the opportunity to consider the works of these women painters and sculptors, who triumphed against adversity to break into the art world and succeeded in having their works included in the Nationalgalerie’s collection.

Among them are Sabine Lepsius’s self-conscious self-portrait, Maria Slavona’s impressionistic view of the houses of Montmartre, and Caroline Bardua’s spectacular paintings. Even more than the painters, the sculptors encountered opposition to their … read more

Sabine Lepsius, self portrait, detail, 1885 © Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders

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