Ben Uri collection

Damen Bildnis (Portrait of a Lady)

Artist information

Name Lesser Ury (1861-1931)

Born Birnbaum, Prussia

Died Berlin, Germany

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Born in Birnbaum, in the then Prussian province of Posen, in 1861, Lesser Ury was initially apprenticed to a merchant before leaving to study painting, first in Düsseldorf and then in Brussels, Paris, Stuttgart and Munich; in Paris he developed a fascination with the modern metropolis and nocturnal urban life. He settled in Berlin in 1887, holding his first exhibition there in 1889. Despite a hostile reception, Ury was championed by the artist Adolph von Menzel and was subsequently awarded the Michael Beer prize by the Berlin Academy, which enabled him to visit Italy. In 1893 he joined the Munich Secession (a group of progressive artists), but returned to Berlin in 1901 and exhibited with the Berlin Secession in 1915 and 1922, when, during a display of 150 of his paintings, Uri was honoured as ‘the artistic glorifier of the capital’ by the mayor of Berlin.

Object Details

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 50.5 x 36.5 cm

Framed 54.8 x 48.9 cm

Acquisition Presented by Dr. Arnold Horwell

Accession number 1995-8

Display status not on display

Little is known about the sitter except that she is thought to have been recommended to the artist by one of his relatives.

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