New acquisition of a work by Lotte Laserstein

November 2019

With great commitment and support from the Friends of the Berlinische Galerie, the museum has been able to purchase the portrait “Lady with Red Beret” (ca. 1931) from the art dealer and gallery owner Dr Michael Nöth (Ansbach and Potsdam). He in turn acquired the work in 2016 at “Auktionsverk” in Stockholm (one of the oldest auction houses, founded in 1674, and one of the biggest in Sweden) from the estate of a Swedish art collector who was given the picture by Lotte Laserstein herself. Only from 1937 – the year that she escaped from Berlin – did the artist manage to salvage many of her paintings and drawings by bringing them to Stockholm. There, and later in Kalmar, she made a living by taking commissions and selling works from her Berlin years.

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