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Gerda Wegener (1885-1940) is a unique figure in Danish art. She divided opinion in Copenhagen and enjoyed great success in Paris. Coquettish girls, elegant ladies and sensual women populate her pictures. As a woman artist she portrays the beauty of women with equal portions of empathy, understanding and fascination. She married the landscape painter Einar Wegener, known today as the trans woman Lili Elbe. Lili became Gerda Wegener’s favourite model, and art became the space of freedom where Lili could develop her female identity. This catalogue focuses on an artistic career that breaks with the traditional gender relations of painter, muse and model.

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Contributions by: Nikolaj Pors Andrea Rygg Karberg Tobias Raun Frank Claustrat Amalie Grubb Martinussen

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Catalogue extract (UK): GERDA WEGENER  

From the exhibition GERDA WEGENER.

Catalogue extract (UK): GERDA WEGENER  

From the exhibition GERDA WEGENER.