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‘Moments of freedom and happiness’

Mary Warburg (1866–1934): pastels, drawings, sculpture
13 February – 12 June 2022

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“One day I’d like to paint a picture that grants anyone who looks at it moments of freedom and happiness.”

Mary Warburg, 1894

The Hamburg native Mary Warburg (1866–1934) is one of today’s largely forgotten modernist artists. During her lifetime she was overshadowed by her well-known husband, the distinguished art historian Aby Warburg (1866–1929).

In early 2022 we pay tribute to the impressionistic output of Mary Warburg in a solo exhibition of around 50 works, including drawings, pastels and sculpture, whose selection follows Warburg’s main artistic interests. In her atmospheric travel pictures, views of Hamburg an portraits of relatives and friends, she shows herself to be a sensitive observer with a sharp eye and a skilled hand.

The basis of the presentation is an extensive monograph, by Bärbel Hedinger, Michael Diers and Andrea Völker, containing an annotated catalogue raisonné.

 

Mary Warburg portraying her son-in-law, Peter Paul Braden, 1928, photo: Warburg Institute, London
Mary Warburg portraying her son-in-law, Peter Paul Braden, 1928, photo: Warburg Institute, London