Cimetière de Montparnasse Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Lou Albert-Lasard (1885 in Metz – July 1969 in Paris) was an Expressionist painter. The exhibition Lesbian Visions at the Schwules Museum from May 10 to August 20, 2018, brought into view artistic positions by queer FLT* (females, lesbians, trans) from over 100 years and displays works by more than 30 artists across six generations. Other than Lou Albert-Lasard, the exhibition featured work by: Lene Schneider-Kainer, Ursula Bierther, Gisela Breitling, Kerstin Drechsel, Martina Minette Dreier, Leonor Fini, Yori Gagarim, Susu Grunenberg, Nilbar Güreş, Grit Hachmeister, Renate Hampke, Lena Rosa Händle, Corinna Harl, Risk Hazekamp, Doli Hilbert, Hannah Höch, Kerstin Honeit, Ingrid Kerma, Evelyn Kuwertz, Lotte Laserstein, Kate Millett, Noemi Yoko Molitor, Gerda Rotermund, Ebba Sakel, Gertrude Sandmann, Ceren Saner, Milly Steger, Sarah Schumann, Simon & Simone, Renée Sintenis, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Anja Weber, Augusta von Zitzewitz.
She was born in 1885 in Metz (then part of Germany), daughter to a Jewish banking family. From 1908 until 1914, she studied art in Munich, where she and her sister, Ilse Heller-Lazard lived, and then in Paris. In 1909, she married Eugene Albert, a chemist 30 years her senior, (1856–1929) and had a daughter, Ingo de Croux-Albert (1911–1997). Separating from her husband, she studied with the artist Fernand Léger. She also had connections with the Belgian avant-garde magazine "Het Overzicht", which was directed by Michel Seuphor and Jozef Peeters.
In 1914-1916, while still legally married, she had an affair with German-language poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She lived with Rilke from 1914 until 1916 in Vienna, and moved in an artist circle that included, among others, Romain Rolland, Stefan Zweig, Paul Klee, and Oskar Kokoschka. After breaking up with Rilke, she lived in Switzerland.
After 12 years in Switzerland, she moved to Berlin and joined an avant-garde artist group known as the Novembergruppe. Her work consisted mainly of drawings and etchings of her friends. In 1928, she returned to Paris and was part of the Montparnasse art society. She befriended Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, and Robert Delaunay.
She traveled with her daughter to North Africa, India, Tibet, and other countries. Drawings and watercolors from these travels were shown in 1939.
In May, 1940, she and her daughter were interned at Gurs in southwestern France, but were later released. While imprisoned, she painted and drew portraits of fellow prisoners and camp scenes. Several of her works signed done in Gurs (signed "Mabull") are included in the art collection of Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (The Ghetto Fighters' House Museum).
After her release, she returned to Paris. In her 50s, she again traveled with her daughter, often in a mobile home, painting her experiences via watercolor and lithography.
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