Sitzende mit Blumen (Seated Woman with Flowers)

Martel Schwichtenbergca. 1920 - 1921

Haggerty Museum of Art

Haggerty Museum of Art
Milwaukee, United States

Martel Schwichtenberg, who first enjoyed success as a graphic designer, eventually became a fixture in Berlin’s avant-garde art circles. This portrait, created early in the artist’s career, depicts a calm and contemplative female subject set against a country landscape. Clearly influenced by Expressionism, a popular style of painting in which reality is distorted to heighten or express emotion, Schwichtenberg uses vibrant, contrasting colors, different values of the same color, and lively intersecting shapes to create a tapestry-like surface. This dynamic composition foregrounds the sitter, who exudes a quiet inner strength.


  • Title: Sitzende mit Blumen (Seated Woman with Flowers)
  • Creator: Martel Schwichtenberg
  • Date Created: ca. 1920 - 1921
  • Provenance: Gift of Marvin and Janet Fishman. Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University.
  • Subject Keywords: Permanent Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Creator Details: German, 1896 - 1945
  • Accession Number: 2000.38.4

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