Events | „Ein reizendes Köpfchen“. Franz von Lenbach's Portrait of Katia Pringsheim

Munich | December 9, 2021 | 11:00 AM (PT)

/ Livestream and In-Person Event /
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/ Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 München /
/ Start: 8:00 p.m. (CET) /
/ 2G-rule applies /

A girl in half profile. Dark hair, red cap, alert look. The painting (oil on cardboard, 41,5 x 35,5 cm) shows Katia Pringsheim, the later wife of Thomas Mann, portrayed by Franz von Lenbach.

The famous Munich painter produced numerous portraits of members of the Pringsheim family - this one has only now been identified, the provenance having been concealed when it was sold in 1940. Now the painting is presented to the public for the first time. Talking about the history of the portrait and about difficulties and opportunities in dealing with Nazi fugitive property:

Katrin Stoll, head of the auction house Neumeister, the provenance expert Alfred Grimm, the historian Dirk Heißerer, the managing director of the Thomas Mann House Heike Catherina Mertens, Thomas Mann's grandson Frido Mann and Robert Schoenhofer, whose grandfather acquired the "Portrait of a Girl" in 1940.

Afterwards, Robert Schoenhofer, together with Frido Mann, as representative of the descendants of Hedwig and Alfred Pringsheim, will present the painting to the Thomas Mann House.

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