"Kathe MÜnzer-neuann - Portrait Of A Girl With Flowers"
Kathe MÜNZER-NEUMANN Breslau, 1877 - Paris, 1959 Oil on canvas 35.5 x 27.5 cm (52 x 44 cm with the frame) Signed and located lower right "K. Münzer / Paris" Born in Breslau (Wroclaw ) in Poland, Kathe Münzer is a woman painter of portraits and landscapes and designer of caricatures. She studied and exhibited in Germany until 1933 before emigrating to France where she was part of the Ecole de Paris. Käthe Münzer studied in 1900 at the drawing and painting school of the Berlin Artists' Association with Franz Skarbina and Max Uth. In 1904, she became a member of the Association of Women Artists of Berlin (the oldest association of women artists in Germany, founded in 1867). She regularly participates in the Association's exhibitions from 1904 to 1933 as well as in the Great Annual Berlin Art Exhibition. In 1907, she exhibited with 50 other artists from the society to support Jewish art. In 1909, she married Jacob Neumann and took the name Münzer-Neumann. The same year, she went to Paris and studied at the Académie Julian with Ernest Laurent and Edmond Aman-Jean. Then she divides her work between Warsaw, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Münzer-Neumann paints portraits, landscapes, still lifes and genre paintings in the style of New Objectivity and New Realism. In the 1920s, she also published cartoons in the magazines Funny Blätter, Ulk and Jugend. In 1933 Kathe Münzer emigrated to France where she joined the Society of French Artists and the National Society of Fine Arts, where she exhibited regularly (also at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon des Humoristes). Our portrait dating from the 1930s (located in Paris) is characteristic of the painter's work in style and craftsmanship. Kathe Münzer paints in bright solid colors on a dark background in an expressionist style. The girl's face tells a story. The presence of flowers - also recurrent in Kathe Münzer's paintings - seems an image of the femininity affirmed by the model despite a hard look marked by her time in the 1930s. Museums: Märkisches Museum in Berlin, Center Pompidou in Paris and National Gallery of the Jeu de Paume in Paris.