0202 Friendship in Representation

The Collaborative Portraits by Jeanna Bauck and Bertha Wegmann

  • Carina Rech (Author)

    Carina Rech is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University. She is currently working on a dissertation project with the working title "Self, Other & Space. Nordic Women Painters’ Self-Fashioning in the Late Nineteenth Century". She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Art History from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg and Freie Universität Berlin, where she has worked as a graduate research assistant in the research projects "Aspects of Authenticity in Architectural Heritage Conservation" and "The Artists’ Colony Ahrenshoop as Part of a European Modernity from the Late Nineteenth Century until the Present Day". Recently, Carina Rech took up the post as curator of collections at Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde in Stockholm. Her most recent publication is "Revisiting Asta Nørregaard in the Studio", in: Kunst og Kultur 101 (2018), nos. 1-2, 49-67.

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Over a quarter-century, the Scandinavian artists Jeanna Bauck and Bertha Wegmann painted a series of portraits and interiors in which they commented upon their shared identity as women artists while migrating between the artistic centers of Munich, Paris, and Copenhagen. Drawing from feminist and performance theory, and concentrating on three paintings in which Bauck and Wegmann imagine one another as emerging professional artists by mediated self-representation, the paper discusses the two artists’ collaborative practices. The artists’ correspondence with their mutual friend and colleague Hildegard Thorell, kept in the archive of Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, is presented here for the first time and provides important insights into their artistic companionship. This case study forms part of an ongoing dissertation project on Nordic women painters’ self-representations in the late nineteenth century.


Bertha Wegmann, Jeanna Bauck, Hildegard Thorell, Friendship portrait, Emotional community, Collaboration, Artistic identity