Other name Josefine Winter
Born Vienna, Austria
Died Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia
Born to a Jewish family in Vienna in 1873, painter, composer and writer Josefine Auspitz was privately tutored at home and showed early artistic promise. In 1894 she married Alfred Fröhlich of Feldau, with whom she had two children; following their divorce she was remarried to the Viennese doctor and poet Josef Winter (1857–1916). During the First World War she took over the management of a children's home and her husband founded a sanatorium and mobile epidemic laboratories for the Red Cross. Following the "Anschluss" in 1938 and the introduction of the Nuremberg Laws, Winter’s property was confiscated and her assets seized. She was deported on 15 July 1942 to the Theresienstadt ghetto, in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, where she died on 20 January 1943.
Object type print
Materials and techniques etching (technique)
Unframed 19.8 x 13.8 cm
Framed 33 x 24.75 cm
Signed (lower right): 'Auspitz' and editioned (lower left) 140/200'
Acquisition Presented in memory of Renée Bromberg 2016
Accession number 2016-04
Display status not on display
This rare surviving print plays deftly with ideas of scale and foreshortening; without human presence, it conveys a mood of absence and melancholy.