Louise Amans and Augusta Roszmann in Paris

Louise Amans and Augusta Roszmann in Paris

Women in the collection

Collection presentation

On the first floor of the main building, there is something new to discover: eight portraits and a floral still life by women artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some of which have never been shown before. In addition to Paula Modersohn-Becker and Ottilie Roederstein, today's lesser-known painters such as Louise Amans, Auguste Roszmann and Louise Breslau are also represented. During their lifetime, however, they celebrated some successes: Louise Breslau, for example, was considered the most famous portraitist of women and children in France. All the artists represented here spent a long time in Paris. Amans and Roszmann met there and moved into a flat together in Basel in 1895.

*Louise Amans and Augusta Roszmann in Basel*

Louise Amans and Augusta Roszmann in Basel

*Meret Oppenheim and Irène Zurkinden*

Meret Oppenheim and Irène Zurkinden

Irène Zurkinden and Meret Oppenheim also cultivated a friendship. Both joined the Gruppe 33, a group that was not founded on the basis of an art movement but on a political programme and saw in their art the possibility of taking an anti-fascist position.
A room in the collection of the Kunstmuseum is now dedicated to these women and their friendships.