Wegener in 1904
|Born||Gerda Marie Fredrikke Gottlieb|
15 March 1886
|Died||28 July 1940 (aged 54)|
|Occupation||artist, illustrator, painter|
|Spouse(s)||Einar Wegener (1904-1930 marriage annulled)|
Fernando Porta (1931-1936 divorced)
Book and film
Over the years, the story of Lili and Gerda gained a cult following in Denmark and around the world. Their artwork has been rediscovered, and exhibited and auctioned with success. A special exhibition of Gerda Wegener's art is currently on display at the Arken Museum of Modern Art until May 2016, with plans for a traveling exhibit of her art to travel around the world.
The Danish Girl, David Ebershoff's 2000 novel about Einar/Lili and Gerda, was an international bestseller and was translated into a dozen languages. Wegener is portrayed by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the 2015 film The Danish Girl, also starring British actor Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe. The film received some criticism for having been written similarly to forced feminization erotica, obscuring the actual story of a historical trans person and omitting certain facts and for being based on a fictional book that does not tell the true story of Einar and Gerda Wegener. The topic of Gerda's own sexuality, which many believe is demonstrated by the subjects of her erotic drawings, are not mentioned in the film or book. In February 2016, Alicia Vikander won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Wegener.
Gerda Marie Fredrikke Gottlieb (15 March 1886 – 28 July 1940) was a Danish fine-artist,illustrator and painter best known for erotica. Her artwork largely contains images of fashionable women in the style of art nouveau and later art deco.