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Else Berg (Ratibor, 1877 – Auschwitz, 1942)

Self-Portrait with Brushes

ca. 1929

Else Berg’s paintings brought her considerable success. That didn’t come easily at a time when society offered limited scope for women to advance. She was in her fifties when she painted this self-portrait, holding her brushes and palette. Her piercing gaze recalls the work of Charley Toorop – Berg knew Toorop and her oeuvre well. The life and career of Else Berg, a Jew, was brought to an abrupt end: she was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz.

  • Creator

    Else Berg (Ratibor, 1877 – Auschwitz, 1942)

  • Title

    Self-Portrait with Brushes

  • Date

    ca. 1929

  • Collection

    Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

  • Material

    Oil paint on canvas | H74 x W59.2 cm


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