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Betty (recto)

Georg Tappert,

Creation date: 1911

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Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.132.a
Dimensions: 44 3/4 in. x 24 5/8 in. (113.67 cm x 62.55 cm)
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Wearing only shoes and rolled-down stockings and sporting a modern haircut and highly rouged cheeks, the fan-carrying woman in this painting is a world away from the idealized nude. The canvas depicts Betty, a dancer at a nude review who also served as Tappert’s model. She and Tappert had a close relationship around 1910, and she inspired the artist to paint a series of boldly erotic works. Less well known today than some of his contemporaries, Tappert nonetheless played a key role in fostering the work of Expressionists. A member of Die Brücke, Tappert helped found the Neue Sezession in Berlin, where the artists of Die Brücke and the Blaue Reiter first exhibited together.
Last Updated: 7/26/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky Los Angeles County Museum of Art , 6/8/2014 - 9/14/2014

Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Expressionism to Impressionism, 1900-1914 , 10/11/2014 - 1/25/2015

German Expressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection San Diego Museum of Art.
Page Number: 12


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