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Lady with Roses, 1937

Leopold Museum,
Vienna
Oil on canvas
58.5×46 cm

Artists

  • Greta Freist

    (Weikersdorf 1904–1993 Paris)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
The woman with the rose in the title is the painter Greta Freist (1904–1993) herself. Coming from a lower middle class background, Freist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Rejecting all bourgeois convention, she co-habited with the painter Gottfried Goebel (1906–1975) as an unmarried woman. Freist presented her paintings at the Hagenbund exhibitions. She shared a studio with Heimito von Doderer (1896–1966), which was an important meeting point for writers and which Elias Canetti (1905–1994) also frequented. The turning point came in 1936, when Freist inherited a share in an apartment block and was able to move to Paris as an artist of independent means. La Femme aux Roses is regarded as one of the most beautiful paintings of the non-conformist painter. The cloak makes her look like a Madonna from an Annunciation scene and combines the figure into a triangular composition. The austere look at the disguised Ego moves Freist’s understanding of art closer towards Magic Realism.

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Object data

Artist/author
  • Greta Freist
Title
Lady with Roses
Date
1937
Art movement
Naturalism I Realism
Category
Painting
Material​/technique
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
58.5×46 cm
Signature
Signed and dated upper right: Freist 37
Credit line
Private collection
Selection of Reference works
  • Wien 1900. Aufbruch in die Moderne, hrsg. von Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Wien 2019 (Ausst.-Kat. Leopold Museum, Wien, ab 15.03.2019).
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