Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gerda and her husband Lili

Painting by Gerda of her husband.

Read the intriguing story of art deco painter/illustrator Gerda Wegener and her husband Einar Wegener (a.k.a.Lili Elbe) who was also an accomplished painter (he did landscapes). They married young and moved from Copenhagen to Paris in 1912. He used to pose for his wife's paintings- dressed as a woman (above). A little later, he was one of the first people to have sex re-assignment surgery (his autobiography was published in the 1950's-book shown above). Coilhouse has the story along with some examples of Gerda's whimsically erotic illustrations. The ending is a sad one, unfortunately. LINK
 A movie called "The Danish Girl" is being made with Nicole Kidman as Lili.

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