Cape and dress by M. Gerstel. Drawing by Lene Schneider-Kainer.

Lene Schneider-Kainer, Illustration, fashion, costume, styl, magazine,  Art Déco, artist,germany,
Cape and dress by M. Gerstel 1922.

At the Havel (Berlin River). Cape and dress by M. Gerstel.

Drawing by Lene Schneider-Kainer. Styl, table 8, Issue 3

Source: STYL – 1920s German Art Déco Fashion Magazine by Ludwig Sternaux. Published in Berlin by Erich Reiss & Otto v. Holten in 1922 & 1923. (Blätter für Mode und die angenehmen Dinge des Lebens).

Lene Schneider-Kainer (Vienna 1885 – 1971 Cochabamba)

1885 – Lene Schneider-Kainer was born in Vienna, the daughter of Jewish painter Sigmund Schneider. Training in Vienna and Munich.

  • 1909 – 1912 – stay in Paris.
  • 1910 – marriage to Ludwig Kainer (1885 – 1967), German physician, painter, graphic artist and stage designer.
  • 1912 – relocation to Berlin Niebuhrstraße 78 in Charlottenburg, Birth of son Peter. Active participation in the cultural life of the city, friendship with Else Lasker-Schüler, Franz Werfel, Arnold Schoenberg, and many others.
  • 1915 – stay in Lübeck
  • 1917 – breakthrough and great recognition by the first solo exhibition in the Art Salon Fritz Gurlitt.
  • 1919 – stay in Amsterdam.
  • 1920 – Illustrations of the “courtesans talks of Lucian“.
  • 1924 – Opening of Fashion Art salons in Berlin Rankestraße 14.
  • 1926 – Divorce by Ludwig Kainer.
  • 1926 – 1928 – Asia two-year expedition along the route of Marco Polo on behalf of the Berliner Tageblatt, together with the writer Bernhard Kellermann (1879 – 1951). After returning numerous exhibitions of travel pictures in Berlin, Magdeburg, Stuttgart, Kiel, London, Rome, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, ​​Copenhagen, New York and Philadelphia. In her autobiography, she wrote: “We traveled through many countries and regions where never photographic equipment were seen where the natives fled or built up almost insurmountable obstacles through their boundless curiosity either in front of the camera … It was incredible for them, that a woman faces and forms, such as letters on paper wrote. ” After two years, the team returned with the Trans-Siberian Railway. Included in the package the footage was not only drawn to the documentation in the realm of the Silver Lion for Lene Schneider, but had also photographed. Lene Schneider painted, mainly influenced by Impressionism, her oil paintings and watercolors atmospheric-color-emphasized.
  • 1930 – Travel to Morocco.
  • 1931 – Rome Prize of the Villa Massimo, stay in Rome.
  • 1932 – 1937 – Relocation to the Balearic Islands, establishing a guest house for artists emigrated to Ibiza.
  • 1937 – Relocation to New York starting a publishing under the pseudonym “Elena Aleska”; developing washing and chewable children’s books.
  • 1954 – relocation to Cochabamba (Bolivia); establishment of a textile factory with his son Peter.
  • 1971 – Schneider-Kainer died in Cochabamba.
Note:  Spring Suits by Herrmann Hoffmann.

About Lene Schneider-Kainer:

Leben und Werk der judischen Künstlerin Lene Schneider-Kainer im Berlin der zwanziger Jahre (German Edition) Sabine Dahmen, life and work of Jewish artist Lene Schneider-Kainer in Berlin in the 20s, Edition Ebersbach, 1999

Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture and Commerce (Studies in Jewish Civilization)

The following listed calendars are all out of print and appeared in Lichtig verlag Berlin. They were listed for the sake of completeness. In addition, there is a reference to a very excellent small publisher who makes outstanding contributions to the Jewish heritage and culture. In their own words: Since 1990, the Lichtig-Verlag published contributions to the Jewish presence and culture, and to the psych social and socio-political aftermath of the Shoah.

Jewish Art Calendar: Jewish painters of the twenties. “Lou Albert-Lasard, Grete Krakauer,  Lotte Laserstein, Anne Ratkowski, Lene Schneider-Kainer, 1997/1998, Berlin 1997.

5758 Jewish Wall Calendar 1997/1998
With contributions by Hannah Katzenstein, Anna Carola Krause, Gerd Scheithauer and Nea Weissenberg Bob.
Published by Nea Weissenberg Bob.
Lichtig-Verlag, Berlin 1997
ISBN: 3-929905-06-X

I am a restless soul. Tribute to the artist Lene Schneider-Kainer
5759 Jewish Wall Calendar 1998/1999. With a contribution by Sabine Dahmen.

Published by Nea Weissenberg Bob
Lichtig-Verlag, Berlin 1998
ISBN: 3-929905-07-8


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