Charlotte Cuhrt

© Pechstein Hamburg/Toekendorf/DACS 2024. Image credit: The National Gallery, London

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Charlotte Cuhrt was 15 years old when Max Pechstein painted this striking full-length portrait. The daughter of Max Cuhrt, a successful solicitor and patron of the avant-garde, she sits confidently in an armchair, her big black eyes looking directly at the viewer. She’s dressed in red, with a large, dark hat on her head and a flamboyant ring on her left hand. Displayed in an altar-like, custom-made wooden frame – an artwork in itself – the picture was part of a wider decorative scheme for the Cuhrts’ lavish apartment in Kurfürstendamm 152, Berlin. Pechstein was, in 1910, at the peak of his career. After a conventional artistic training at the Royal Academy of Dresden, he took up a dramatic, Expressionist style, profoundly influenced by the art of Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch and the Fauves.

The National Gallery, London



Charlotte Cuhrt




oil on canvas


H 175.8 x W 85.4 cm

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bought thanks to a generous legacy from Mrs Martha Doris and Mr Richard Hillman Bailey, 2022

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