|Lotte Laserstein "Self Portrait with a Friend" date and location unknown|
|Lotte Laserstein "Self-Portrait with Traute" 1928 location unknown|
In 1938 she married a Swedish man, Sven Marcus, in order to obtain her Swedish citizenship. The couple never lived together as husband and wife (Laserstein was a lesbian) but remained friends throughout their lives. Laserstein's talent was immediately recognized in her adopted country of Sweden and she eventually became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. She lived in Stockholm and in Kalmar, and entered onto a long and respected career as a portrait painter, as well as delving deep into landscape. Some critics have notedthat her Swedish ouevre lacked the vigor and audacity of her earlier work. My own thought was that Laserstein had been through so much trauma: public vilification, persecution, death of close family members, and all the stresses of immigration and transplantation, that having found safe harbor she very understandably, drew in her sails and stayed quietly put. Despite the exigencies of her youth, she seemed to have the knack of making friends wherever she went, and from all accounts, lived a long, successful and happy life surrounded by the respect and affection of those who knew her.
|Lotte Laserstein "Self-Portrait in Brown" 1947 Private Collection|