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Women Artists between Frankfurt and Paris around 1900

10 July 2024–27 Oct 2024

Modernism is unimaginable without the contribution of women artists. Not only well-known women painters and sculptors such as Louise Breslau, Ottilie W. Roederstein, and Marg Moll, but also many others successfully established themselves in the art world during the period around 1900—Erna Auerbach, Mathilde Battenberg, Ida Gerhardi, Annie Stebler-Hopf, Elizabeth Nourse, and Louise Schmidt, to name just a few. It is time to dedicate a major exhibition to these women for the first time ever, and to discover them anew.

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About the Exhibition

In Paris and Frankfurt alike, women artists built international networks and supported one another. As influential teachers and art agents, some of them also shaped the history of the Städel Museum and Städelschule. The Städel Museum presents some 80 paintings and sculptures by altogether 26 women artists.

We introduce these artists along with their individual achievements and highlight the widely branching networks with which they supported and encouraged one another. It is an exhibition about the self-empowerment of women artists who were no exception in their day.

Alexander Eiling, Eva-Maria Höllerer, and Aude-Line Schamschula, Curators, Städel Museum

  • Eugenie Bandell (1858–1918)
    Sun at Noon (Wilhelmsbad), 1913

  • Louise Catherine Breslau (1856–1927)
    A Portrait of Friends, 1881

  • Annie Stebler-Hopf (1861–1918)
    At the dissecting table (Professor Poirier, Paris), c. 1889


The exhibition is the result of a research project that started with the retrospective on the painter Ottilie W. Roederstein (2022). The Roederstein-Jughenn Archive domiciled in the Städel Museum since 2019 provides insights into a network of women around Roederstein who supported and encouraged one another in matters of training and exhibiting, while also providing each other practical help. Private and professional connections of this kind contributed significantly to the professionalization of women painters and sculptors and their ability to gain a foothold in the art world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The most important resources in the Roederstein-Jughenn Archive at the Städel Museum are currently being made accessible online.

Ottilie W. Roederstein with her students at the Städel Art Institute, around 1898, photograph, Roederstein-Jughenn Archive in the Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main

Mathilde Battenberg, Ottilie W. Roederstein and Ida Gerhardi (l. to r.) in Roederstein’s studio at 108 Boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, photograph, May 1904, Hofheim am Taunus City Archive, inv. Jughenn Archive


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Available in the museum shop and in our online shop.

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