Russian Girl with Compact, Lotte Laserstein
Lotte Laserstein
Russian Girl with Compact
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Lotte Laserstein

Russian Girl with Compact, 1928


Dimensions
31.7 x 41.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on panel
Inventory Number
2442
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
On display

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About the Work

With a critical gaze, the 'Russian Girl with Compact' examines her face in her pocket mirror. Her other hand is holding a fluffy powder puff. Facing the viewer, she is nonetheless interested only in what is hidden from our view. And yet the viewer still gets to see the young woman's reflection, in the profile of her in the mirror on the wall. This duplication heightens her presence, as does the red colour of her elegant blouse. Lotte Laserstein repeatedly painted different types of women. Here, she portrays a modern woman of the 1920s: her bob hairstyle, clothing and use of make-up point to this new type of emancipated woman.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Russian Girl with Compact
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on panel
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben rechts: Lotte Laserstein 1928

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

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Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D13(+1) adolescent, young woman, maiden (+ front view)
  • 31AA5111 looking in the mirror; (possibly: contemplation of own beauty - AA - (for) women)
  • 31AA51111(+3) reflection (in a mirror) - AA - (for) women (+ sideview, profile)
Secondary
  • 31AA51454 powder-box - AA - (for) women
  • 31AA53 hairdress - AA - ~ women
  • 31AA51 making toilet - AA - (for) women
  • 61D(RUSSIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (RUSSIA) (RUSSIA)

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13.03.2019