Self Portrait with a Cat by Lotte Laserstein
Art work details
- Original Title :
- Selbstportrait mit Katze
- Year of production :
- Lotte Laserstein
- Medium :
- Oil painting
- Oil paint, Plywood panel
- Dimensions :
- height: 61 cms; width: 51 cms
- Credit Line :
- Purchased from the artist through Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd
- Weimar Republic, Animals, Self Portrait, Laserstein
Laserstein depicts herself completely objectively in her Berlin studio as an emancipated woman and professional artist, aware of her individuality and unconcerned by her unconventional appearance. Her half-turned figure recalls the portraits of Hans Holbein the Younger whose work she admired. Like him too, she delights in representing a variety of natural textures such as the folds of her cotton smock and the glossy fur of the cat.
In 1921 Laserstein studied at the Berlin Academy and was influenced by the realist paintings of Adolf von Menzel and Wilhelm Leibl. She set up her own studio in Berlin in 1927. Laserstein identified her work with the Northern European tradition in art with its rigorous fidelity to nature and combines naturalistic observation with a sympathetic psychological analysis of her sitters.