Lot: 666

Luise (Lilja) Busse
Portrait of a Man, 1922

Luise (Lilja) Busse

Half-length figure of a dark-haired man with a tie, sitting in quarter profile, cigarette in his right hand. Diffuse, yellow background. 80.5 x 65.5 cm. Oil on canvas. Signed on top right and dated: Lilja Busse 1922. Frame.

Canvas repaired. With retouches.

Hammer Price: 20,000 €

159C - Art Nouveau - Art Deco Part II
17. November 2021 at 3:00 PM


Born in Moscow in 1897 to German parents, the artist studied in Munich with Emil Preetorius and in Berlin with Lovis Corinth, Willy Jaeckel and Eugen Spiro. Coming from a wealthy family, she lived abroad for several years, especially in Russia and Spain, where several of her works were created. Back in Berlin, she worked full-time as a portrait painter. The family's fortune seems to have been largely used up at the end of the 1930s, and she had no clients. Thus, since the outbreak of the Second World War at the latest, she worked for the Wehrmacht for two years as an interpreter and translator for Russian, Spanish and Italian, then continued as a freelancer. Although she was represented in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, before and after the war, she did not experience much success and died impoverished in Berlin 1958 at the age of 63.

Exhibitions (selection) 1921 Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung. 1922 Jury-free Exhibition Berlin. 1929 Spring Exhibition of the Society of female Artists in Berlin 1938 Ibero-American Institute Berlin. 1951 Exhibition at Kunstamt Steglitz.