Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tennis & more from German artist Lotte Laserstein 1898-1990



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Tennis Player 1929



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Self Portrait

German-born Lotte Laserstein told a friend when she was 5, that she had decided to become a painter & to remain unmarried. Sometime after her father's death, Laserstein and her family settled in Berlin in 1912.  There, having received her initial art training in a school run by one of her aunts, Laserstein became one of the few female students at the Berlin Academic College of Fine Arts from 1919-1925. Working with Erich Wolfsfeld from 1925-1927, Laserstein became an accomplished realist painter, winning the Academy's gold medal for her work. She soon had her own pupils, & her 1st one-person exhibition at a Berlin gallery in 1930, garnered critical praise. Meanwhile, to supplement her income Laserstein took various jobs making decorative art & illustrating an anatomy text.

Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Photo of the artist painting Evening over Potsdam 1930

In 1930, she  moved to Wilmersdorf.  Her style changed around this time, exchanging flat surfaces with strong contours for a looser, airier brush.  Despite her increasing success, the rise of Nazism in Germany began to affect Laserstein's life. In 1933, because her paternal grandfather was Jewish, Laserstein was no longer able to exhibit. The racial ideology of the National Socialists declared Lotte La­serstein a "three-quarter Jew;" and as a consequence, she was excluded from all public activity as an artist. She was discharged from the executive committee of the Art Association.  Laserstein's mother's apartment & many of her valuables were confiscated by the state. It became increasingly difficult for Laserstein to find artists' materials; & in 1935, she was forced to close her studio. In 1937, Laserstein moved to Stockholm, where she remained for the rest of her life, becoming a member of the Swedish Academy of Arts as a respected portraitist. In 1938, in order to obtain Swedish citizenship, Lotte Laserstein married Sven Marcus pro forma; but she never lived with him. She made continued fruitless efforts to help her mother, her sister Käte and Käte's companion to leave Germany.  Her sister eventually joined Laserstein in Sweden, but their mother died in at Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp. In 1963, Lotte Laserstein joined Konstnärernas Riksorganisation, the Swedish association of fine artists.  Her 1987 exhibitions in London heralded an international rediscovery of her work.


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Two Women (Self Portrait) 1928



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Self Portrait 1938


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Self Portrait


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Self Portrait



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Motorcyclist 1929



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Two Boys with Sailboat 1938



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Rolf and Gun Bolin



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990)



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Sven Svensson 1942



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Young Girl



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Ung flicka i hage



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Boy Playing a Mandolin



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) The Yellow Parasol



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Girl


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Rysk flicka med puderdosa, 1928


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Evening over Potsdam 1930



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Dita Neumann 1944


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Portrait of a Woman


Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Dita Neumann im grünen Kleid. 1944



Lotte Laserstein (German artist, 1898-1990) Self Portrait


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