Self Portrait of Ida Maly

Between gender roles

The (non-)identification with one gender has always heated up tempers and shed light on general socially accepted role models. Ida Maly, who lived an unconventional and emancipated life as an artist, depicted herself as a garçonne, a woman of boyish appearance, in her self-portrait. The breaking with stereotyped roles defined by society and the suspension of typically female and male gender identity were characteristic features of her works. Ida Maly was committed to a psychiatric hospital in 1928. In 1941, she was murdered in the frame of the Nazi euthanasia programme.

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Time Period: 1900 CE – today
Size: 40 x 30cm
Artist: Ida Sofia Maly
Material: Watercolour on Paper
Institution: Graz Museum