Moll, Margarethe

SCULPTOR, PAINTER, AUTHOR (GERMANY)
BORN 2 Aug 1884, Mülhausen, Elsass - DIED 15 Mar 1977, München
REAL NAME Haeffner, Margarethe
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Friedhof Zehlendorf, Onkel-Tom-Straße 30 (Abt. 21W-48/49 (Ehrengrab))

Marg Moll was born Margarethe Haeffner. She was the daughter of an officer and she was educated in art at the Städelschen Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt am Main. In 1905 she took lessons with the painter Oskar Moll and she married him in 1906. They went to Berlin where they worked in Lovis Corinth's studio. Corinth painted her in 1907.

In 1907 they moved to Paris where they befriended Henri Matisse and she worked at his academy. After the First World War Oskar was engaged at the Academy in Breslau. In 1928 she was back in Paris as a pupil of Fernand Léger. She became a member of the Groupe 1940 and exhibited with Robert Delauney and Albert Gleizes.

In 1932 she and her husband had moved to Düsseldorf and in 1935 they returned to Berlin, where Hans Scharoun built a house for them at the Halensee. By this time her work was forbidden by the nazi's. Their house was destroyed by bombing in 1943 and they moved to Oskar's parents in Brieg.

Oskar died in 1947 and from 1947 to 1950 she lived in Wales and in London she met Henry Moore. In 1952 she returned to Düsseldorf and from there she travelled in Germany and abroad to talk about her work.

Her sculpture "Tänzerin" ("Dancer") from 1926 was seized in 1937 by the nazis for the Entartete Kunst exhibition. Afterwards it was stored in Berlin in a bulding opposite the Rote Rathaus in Berlin that was bombed before the end of the war. The sculpture was believed to be lost until it was rediscovered in Berlin during work for the underground in 2010.

Family
• Husband: Moll, Oskar (1906-1947)

Related persons
• was painted by Corinth, Lovis
• was pupil to Léger, Fernand
• was a friend of Matisse, Henri

Sources
• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Marg Moll – Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Oskar and Margaretha Moll at the Städtischer Friedhof Zehlendorf, Onkel-Tom-Straße, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (17 Jul 2005)

 


Moll, Oskar

Published: 18 Jan 2015
Last update: 18 Jan 2015