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Self Determined: The Painter Ottilie W. Roederstein

15 July 2022

More than 75 paintings and drawings at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt (20 July–16 October) emphasise the German-Swiss painter’s close ties to the city and the museum itself. The exhibition follows the artist from her arrival in Frankfurt in 1891, to her time studying art at the Städelschule, through to the Städel’s acquisition of Old Woman Reading in 1902 – the first work by a contemporary woman artist to enter its collection. Highlights of the show include the vibrant Self-Portrait with a Hat (1904) and a rather more sombre portrait of Roederstein’s long-standing partner Elisabeth Winterhalter (1887–88). Find out more on the Städel’s website.

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Self-Portrait with a Hat (1904), Ottilie W. Roederstein.

Self-Portrait with a Hat (1904), Ottilie W. Roederstein. Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Photo: Städel Museum

Clärchen Pfeiffer or Green Necklace(1920), Ottilie W. Roederstein.

Clärchen Pfeiffer (Green Necklace) (1920), Ottilie W. Roederstein. Stadtmuseum Hofheim am Taunus. Photo: Städel Museum

The Victor (1898), Ottilie W. Roederstein.

The Victor (1898), Ottilie W. Roederstein. Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main Photo: Städel Museum

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