Lili Elbe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lili Ilse Elvenes (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931), better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish painter and transgender woman, and among the early recipients of sex reassignment surgery. She was a successful painter under her birth name Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener.
The true story behind The Danish Girl confirms that Einar Wegener's transformation into Lili Elbe ultimately led to her death. She died from paralysis of the heart due to organ rejection roughly three months after undertaking her fifth and final sex-change operation in June 1931.
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The tragic true story behind The Danish Girl Lili Elbe (left), whose life story is told in 'The Danish Girl', starring Eddie Redmayne (right) Credit: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images E inar Wegener...
Nov 25, 2015 · In The Danish Girl, based on a true story, Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, a Danish trans woman and, as the movie asserts, one of the first known individuals to undergo gender confirmation surgery. And...
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Dec 24, 2020 · Lili Elbe, original name Einar Wegener, Einar also spelled Ejner, (born December 28, 1882, Vejle, Denmark—died September 13, 1931, Dresden, Germany), Danish painter who, born male, suffered from what is now called gender dysphoria and became female when she underwent the world’s first documented gender-reassignment surgery.
Mar 03, 2015 · Eddie Redmayne — Oscar winner for The Theory of Everything, delightful-seeming British person in real life — is starring in The Danish Girl, a film based on a novel inspired by the life of Lili...
The novel is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl, as Ebershoff stated, does not try to tell a true story.
- David Ebershoff
The Danish Girl is a 2015 biographical romantic drama film directed by Tom Hooper, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener.
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Gerda Marie Fredrikke Wegener was a Danish illustrator and painter. Wegener is known for her fashion illustrations and later her paintings that pushed the boundaries of gender and love of her time. These works were classified as "lesbian erotica" at times and many were inspired by her partner, the transgender woman Lili Elbe. Wegener employed these works in the styles of Art Nouveau and later Art Deco.
Gottlieb was born in Hammlev, Denmark to Justine and Emil Gottlieb, a vicar in the Lutheran church. Her father had Huguenot ancestry and her family was conservative. She had three siblings but was the only child to live to adulthood. She enjoyed art at a young age and began training. Her family moved to Hobro and later she moved to Copenhagen to pursue her education at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Wegener's work was often of confident and elegant women performing a variety of activities in either a Renaissance inspired style, Art Nouveau or Art Deco style. The images tended to show women posing or participating in artistic endeavors such as theatre, literature, and dance. Later on in France, Wegener created work showing women displaying seductive power or engaging in sexual activities. This risqué art was considered "lesbian erotica" and published in illicit art books. Along with ...
Gottlieb's work was shown in the Charlottenborg Art Gallery in 1904, but she gained little attention for her artwork. Her career as an artist began to mobilize after graduating from the Academy in 1907 and 1908 when she made appearances in the Politiken newspaper. She then was th
Wegener won two sketching competitions in the Politiken newspaper. One was in 1908 and another in 1909 for best capturing "Copenhangen Women" and then "The figures of the Street". Wegener was known for her illustrations created for advertisements and was also a portrait painter.
In 1912, Wegener and her partner, Lili Elbe, moved to Paris, France. In Paris, Wegener began to push the boundaries in her artwork by creating more provocative paintings of women engaged in sexual activities and seductive positions. She often painted herself with Lili Elbe or Lil
She met fellow artist Lili Elbe – then known as Einar Wegener – at art school. They married in 1904, when Gerda was 18 and Lili was 22. They travelled through Italy and France, eventually settling in Paris in 1912. The couple immersed themselves in the Bohemian lifestyle ...
In 1931, Wegener married Italian officer, aviator, and diplomat Major Fernando Porta and moved with him to Morocco. She divorced Porta in 1936 and returned to Denmark in 1938 for unknown reasons. She held her last exhibition in 1939, but by this time, her artwork was out of style
Over the years, beginning with the literary success of a book about Elbe's and her lives together, and further with the release of a movie based on the book, the story of the couple 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 was on display at the Arken Museum of Modern Art until January 2017, followed by a travelling exhibit of her art shown around the world. The D