Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Trees bending. Signed E. Wegener 1912. Sketch on the reverse. Oil on wood plate. 22 x 27 cm. Â Provenance: Directly from the artist and hence by descend in the family of the present owner.A rare original work by the DanishÂ artist, aÂ transgenderÂ woman who was one of the first identifiableÂ recipients ofÂ sex reassignment surgery.Â Elbe was bornÂ Einar Magnus Andreas WegenerÂ and was a successful painter under that name. She also presented as Lili (sometimes spelled Lily) and was publicly introduced as Einar's sister. After successfullyÂ transitioningÂ in 1930, she made aÂ legal nameÂ change to Lili Ilse ElvenesÂ and stopped painting altogether. She died from complications of one of her sex reassignment surgeries. Â Her autobiography,Â Man into Woman, was posthumously published in 1933 and in 2000,Â David EbershoffÂ wroteÂ The Danish Girl, a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, whichÂ was an international bestseller and was translated into a dozen languages. In 2015 it was made into a successfulÂ film, also calledÂ The Danish Girl, produced byÂ Gail MutruxÂ andÂ Neil LaButeÂ and starringÂ Eddie RedmayneÂ as Elbe.Â (Inventory #: 13257)
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