Sintenis, Renée

BORN 20 Mar 1888, Glatz, Silesia - DIED 22 Apr 1965, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Hüttenweg 47, Steglitz-Zehlendorf (Feld 001-7 (Abt. 24B-12))

Renée Sintenis studied drawing in Stuttgart. In Berlin she studied under the painter L. von Koenig and under the sculptor Haverkamp from 1908 to 1911. She created small sculptures of animals and female nudes. She was encouraged by Rainer Maria Rilke and by the painter E.R. Weiss. Weiss was ten years her senior and they married in December 1917.

She used animals from the Berlin zoo as models and she illustrated various books. In 1931 she became the first female member of the Prussian Academy of Arts, but in 1934 she was removed from the Academy by the nazis. In 1933 they had forbidden het to exhibit. In 1944 her house and studio were destroyed by a bombardment. After the war she became a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. In 1955 she was once more admitted into the Prussian Academy of Arts.

She lived until her death at the Inssbrucker Strasse with Magdalena Goldmann, who was officially her house keeper but probably more than that. After her death in 1965 Goldmann administered her inheritance and in 1989 she was buried into the same grave.


The grave of Renée Sintenis at the Waldfriedhof Dahlem, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (17 Jul 2005)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
lespress 022004 Renee Sintenis
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Sirani, Elisabetta

Published: 01 Mar 2020
Last update: 04 Jan 2022