Talk by Sabine Fellner “A pity that she has the crazy idea of wanting to do men’s work”—the sculptress Teresa Feodorovna Ries
The Russian-born sculptress Teresa Feodorovna Ries (1874–1956) took the bold decision to embark on an independent career as an artist. In spite of the difficult surroundings, she managed an impressive career thanks not only to her skill but also to her daring projection of herself as an artist, her first-class social contacts and her marketing talent (she wrote her own biography). She raised hackles in 1896 with scandalous works like The Witch. She was awarded the Archduke Karl Ludwig Medal in 1897 for her sculpture Lucifer.
She was the first woman to establish a prominent place for herself in the prestigious and male-dominated world of sculpture. She exhibited regularly in the Künstlerhaus, in the Secession at the invitation of the Klimt group, and from 1901 as one of the “Acht Künstlerinnen” in Salon Pisko. She was a polarizing figure. Roda Roda caricatured her in his play Der Feldherrnhügel, Karl Kraus wrote bitingly about her in Die Fackel, and in 1902 Stefan Zweig said of her admiringly: “She could perhaps become for sculpture what Charles Baudelaire is for literature.”
Sabine Fellner studied art and history and works as a freelance curator and writer. She has published several works on Austrian cultural history and everyday culture and on Austrian art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and has curated exhibitions in LENTOS Kunstmuseum in Linz, Forum Frohner in Krems, and the Leopold Museum and Belvedere in Vienna.
An event in connection with the exhibition The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938.
Free admission from 6.15 p.m.