28 Nov 1898
Lotte Laserstein is born in Preussisch-Holland, a small town in Eastern Prussia (now Pełsak in Poland), the first daughter of Hugo Laserstein, a prosperous pharmacist, and his wife Meta, née Birnbaum.
Death of her father. The family moves to Danzig. Meta Laserstein and her two daughters Lotte and Käte (1900-1965) share a household with Meta’s mother Ida Birnbaum and sister Elsa Birnbaum.
First art lessons in Elsa Birnbaum’s private school of painting.
The family moves to Berlin.
Lotte Laserstein matriculates at Friedrich Wilhelm University, Berlin, to study Philosophy and History of Art; she also attends a school of applied printing.
Private art training with Leo von König.
Lotte studies at the Akademische Hochschule für bildende Künste [Academic College of Fine Arts] (from 1924 Vereinigte Staatsschulen für freie und angewandte Kunst [United State Schools of Liberal and Applied Art]) in Berlin under Erich Wolfsfeld, from 1925 to 1927 in his master class.
The family lose much of their wealth during the inflation years. To finance her studies, Lotte takes temporary jobs as an illustrator and industrial designer.
Lotte receives the Ministermedaille for particular artistic achievement from the Prussian Ministry of Science, Art and Education. Meets her model Traute Rose
First studio of her own at 33a, Friedrichsruher Strasse in the Berlin borough of Wilmersdorf, where she also runs a private school of painting.
Lotte Laserstein participates in 22 exhibitions and performs well in various competitions.
The Berlin city administration purchases her painting In the Tavern.
Lotte Laserstein joins the Association of Berlin Women Artists, serving at times on the executive committee and the jury.
Move to 15, Nachodstrasse in Wilmersdorf.
Laserstein’s style changes around this time, exchanging flat surfaces with strong contours for a looser, airier brush.
Personal exhibition at Galerie Gurlitt.
Lengthy summer trips to the country with her pupils.
As a Jew Laserstein is no longer able to exhibit. She is discharged from the executive committee of the Association of Berlin Women Artists.
As she is not a member of the Reichskulturkammer, she can only buy paint and materials through friends. Her private teaching studio is closed. Works as an art teacher at the private Jewish school run by Helene Zickel. Moves to 3, Jenaer Strasse Exhibitions through the Jüdischen Kulturbund [Jewish Cultural Association].
Emigration to Sweden.
Successful December exhibition at the Galerie Moderne in Stockholm, followed by numerous portrait commissions.
To obtain Swedish citizenship, Lotte Laserstein marries Sven Marcus pro forma, but never lives with him. She makes fruitless efforts to help her mother, her sister Käte and Käte’s companion to leave Germany.
Meta Laserstein dies in Ravensbrück concentration camp; Käte escapes persecution by going into hiding, surviving the war in Berlin.
Difficult years professionally and personally.
Contact resumes with her friend Traute Rose and Traute’s husband Ernst in Germany.
Purchase of a summer home on the island of Öland.
Hoping for better professional opportunities, Lotte moves from Stockholm to Kalmar in the southern province of Småland. In the late fifties and the sixties, lengthy trips to France, Italy, Spain and visits to Switzerland and the United States.
Lotte Laserstein joins Konstnärernas Riksorganisation, the Swedish association of fine artists.
Awarded Kalmar’s Culture Prize.
Exhibition at Agnew's and the Belgrave Gallery, London, heralding Lotte Laserstein’s international rediscovery.
Another exhibition at Agnew's, London. Her works are shown along with those of her teacher Erich Wolfsfeld and her pupil Gottfried Meyer.
21 Jan 1993
Lotte Laserstein dies in Kalmar aged 94.
DAS VERBORGENE MUSEUM
shows from 7 November 2003 to 1 February 2004
in the Museum Ephraim Palais, Berlin, the exhibition
“Lotte Laserstein – My Only Reality“
DAS VERBORGENE MUSEUM to Guest
in the MUSEUM EPHRAIM-PALAIS
Donnerstag, 06. November 2003 | 18.00 Uhr
im Großen Saal des Roten Rathauses
Dr. Thomas Flierl
Senator für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur
Seine Excellenz der schwedische Botschafter
Dr. Kurt Winkler
Amtierender Generaldirektor der Stiftung Stadmuseum Berlin
Das Verborgene Museum
Dr. Anna-Carola Krausse
Kuratorin der Ausstellung
7. November 2003 - 1. Februar 2004
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