Self-portrait with Keys, Ottilie W. Roederstein
Ottilie W. Roederstein
Self-portrait with Keys
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Ottilie W. Roederstein

Self-portrait with Keys, 1936

105.3 x 74.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1952 as a bequest from Elisabeth H. Winterhalter
Not on display


About the Work

Already at a very early stage, Roederstein was widely acclaimed as a portrait painter, whereby she also executed a variety of self-portraits. These reflect her preoccupation with her own self and her role as a female artist in the early twentieth century. In one of her last self-portraits, she once again emphasises her self-confidence and demonstrates her autonomous lifestyle. Dressed in masculine garments, she confidently stands face-to-face with the viewer. Like a lady of the house, she holds keys in her hand, although this may also be interpreted as the conclusion of her life’s work.

Work Data

Basic Information

Self-portrait with Keys
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signed and dated bottom right: OWR 1936
Work Catalogues
  • Rök 1999, WVZ Nr. 1724
  • Jughenn, WVZ Nr. 1935-36

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1952 as a bequest from Elisabeth H. Winterhalter

Work Content



Research and Discussion


Object History
Nachlass Ottilie W. Roederstein (1859-1937), Hofheim, 1937
Elisabeth H. Winterhalter (1856-1952), Hofheim
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1952.


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