BORN 9 Feb 1885, Hamburg - DIED 12 Dec 1933, Kampen auf Sylt|
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Gedächtnisfriedhof )
Anita Rée was born into a Jewish family of merchants, but she was brought up as a Christian. Advised by Alfred Lichtwark she studied painting under Arthur Siebelist. She spent six months in Paris where she was taught by Fernand Léger.
In 1913 she started working as an artist in Hamburg, but after her father died in 1916 she experenced financial difficulties. She was a founding member of the Secession in Hamburg and never left it. From 1922 until 1925 she lived in Positano in Italy.
After her return her paintings were much wanted now, but because of problems with the state and attacks by the nazi press she fled to Sylt in 1932. She was worried by the political developments in 1933 and felt she could no longer live. On 12 Dec 1933 she committed suicide by taking poison.
In 1937 the nazis used her work for their Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition. For a long time she was almost forgotten, but an exhibition in 1987 brought her work back into the public eye.
was pupil to Léger, Fernand