Ben Uri collection

Self-Portrait

Artist information

Name Pamina Liebert-Mahrenholz (1904-2004)

Born Berlin, Germany

Died London, England

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Pamina Liebert studied sculpture in Berlin, winning the Prix de Rome, which Nazi pressure prevented her from collecting. She married photographer Rolf Mahrenholz (1902–91) in 1929 and immigrated to Britain in 1939. She was initially imprisoned in Holloway, then interned on Isle of Man (1940–42). Afterwards she worked as a china restorer, eventually resuming sculpture and taking up painting and drawing. She held several solo shows, including Camden Institute (1977), Ben Uri (1981 and 1988) and Camden Arts Centre (1983); a joint exhibition with Grete Marks was held at the Boundary Gallery, London (2008).

Object Details

Date c. 1980

Object type painting

Medium acrylic on board

Materials and techniques acrylic (medium) board (support)

Unframed 42 x 31.5 cm

Framed 50 x 39 cm

Acquisition presented by Ian Markham, the artist's nephew 31/08/11

Accession number 2011-01

Display status not on display

Initially trained as a sculptor, Liebert-Mahrenholz took up painting and drawing following her releasement from her internment and during the second part of her career in postwar Britain. This striking self-portrait, painted in her late seventies, shows her strength of character and draws on the legacy of German Expressionism.


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