Portrait of Girl

Wegmann, Bertha (1847 - 1926)

Portrait of Girl

Oil on Canvas: 15" x 12"
Catalog# WEGB-009

Artist: Bertha Wegmann (1847-1926)

  • Born December 16, 1847 in Soglio, Kanton Graubunden, Switzerland, daughter of Eberhard Ludwig Wegmann and Cathrine Mini.


  • Studied under F. F. Helsted, F. C. Lund and H. Muntzen
  • 1867 - Studied in Germany under Wilhelm Lindenschmit and E. Kurzbauer
  • 1867-1881 - Studied in Germany
  • 1882 - Studied in Denmark
  • 1881-1889 - Studied in Paris


  • 1873-19026 - Charlottenborg Palace, DK
  • 1880 and 1882 - Paris
  • 1889 - Paris
  • 1891 - Berlin
  • 1893 - Chicago
  • 1900 - Paris


  • 1880 - Honorable mention in Paris
  • 1882 - Awarded gold medal in Paris
  • 1892 - Awarded service gold medal
  • 1889 and 1900 - Awarded silver medal in Paris
  • 1887-1907 - Member of the Best Female Artist Association


Bertha Wegmann was educated with her fathers support first in Copenhagen, then in M√ľnich as a historical and genre painter. She started exhibiting her work in 1873 in Copenhagen, where 10 years later she was the first woman to become a member of the of Royal Academy Council. She participated in her times biggest exhibits and represented Denmark in many world exhibits.

In the beginning Bertha Wegmann painted storytelling figure paintings, preferably with a sentimental point, but also quite a few landscapes, particularly the mountains of Tyrol, and later some from the scenic Baltic coastal areas. Just as many of her associates, Wegmann became fascinated by the French modern movement, and from 1881 she more or less lived in Paris, where she made a name for herself at the Paris Salon.

In 1881 she won the Gold Medal at the Paris Salon. Wegmann strongly established herself as a portrait painter and has to be counted as among the very best of her time, but also as one of the best historical and genre painters of her time. Her popularity continues to grow still.