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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

(1906-1996), Artist

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 2 portraits
Born in Austria, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky was one of Britain’s most important émigré artists. From age 13, she attended art classes in her native Vienna, The Hague, Paris, Berlin and Frankfurt. Leaving Austria after the Anschluss in 1938, Motesiczky and her mother moved to Holland - the site of her first solo exhibition in 1939 and the start of her relationship with the writer Elias Canetti. After the war, Motesiczky moved to London, where her contribution to British cultural life was revealed in an exhibition at the Goethe Institute in 1985. Several exhibitions have since acquainted the public with Motesiczky’s oeuvre, which comprises portraits, still-lifes, landscapes and allegorical paintings.

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Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky - NPG 7023

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
oil on canvas, 1959
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7023

Elias Canetti, by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky - NPG 6190

Elias Canetti

by Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
oil on canvas, 1992
NPG 6190

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