Cornelia Gurlitt

Cornelia Gurlitt, Seventeen works on paper, 1914, 1917–18, and n. d., Collection Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, Vilnius, installation view, Neue Galerie, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Mathias Völzke

Cornelia Gurlitt was the daughter of the well-known Dresden art historian Cornelius Gurlitt Sr. and the sister of Hildebrand Gurlitt. A talented graphic artist and draughtswoman well-versed in the angular language of German expressionism, she would not live to see her brother ascend to the heights of the Nazi art bureaucracy: she committed suicide in Berlin in 1919, barely thirty years old, shortly upon returning from her nursing duties on the Eastern Front. Today, some of her most haunting work can be found in Vilnius, the place of Gurlitt’s transformative wartime experiences.

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