(1886 - 1940)
In the late 1920s, Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener poses as a female dancer for his wife, artist Gerda Wegener, while she waits for her model to arrive. Stirred by the experience and supported by Gerda’s compassion and unconditional love, Einar begins a journey fraught with both emotional and physical peril as he transitions into his true self, a woman called Lili Elbe. This is the story behind the highly acclaimed film, The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper, a 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Alicia Vikander, and nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Eddie Redymane, and Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
The film has been featured in countless publications, among them, VOGUE, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair and others. Hooper decided early on that the best way to tell the story of these two avant grade artists was through their own work. While Einar’s landscapes were a hit in Denmark, Gerda’s feminine portraits were never quite accepted by the Danish community. After Einar started transitioning into Lili, she became Gerda’s muse. Gerda’s art nouveau portraits of Lili became her breakthrough and earned her fame and recognition as an artist in Paris. The film is based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name, which drew inspiration from Lili’s personal journals.
We are pleased to have access to the rare original works of Gerda Wegener.