Kasia von Szadurska

* 23.02.1886 (Moskow) 03.04.1942 (Berlin) Germany
Fields of activity: Painter
Author: Mona Willmann

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Female painter
„It is easier to think yourself in a bohemian attic than in the villa of a distinguished husband at the Lake of Constance.“
Why did I choose this woman? For her time she was a very independent woman and an unusual painter who lived a life far from all convention, who however,  because of  her personal destiny as wife of a distinguished husband, stayed rather unknown as a painter.
Short introduction

Kasia  von  Szadurska  was inquisitive, she loved experiments and was full of life. The feeling of confining situation at lake Constance made her again break out, searching for a way of her own, free of conventions. Her way led her finally to Berlin, where she died lonely, poor and sick.
Her career as an artist

"Sinister figures, lascivious women and honest citizens."
In the style of Expressionism and New Objectivism (Neue Sachlichkeit).
At the Lake of Constance the artist is known as „ the lady of a large city“. 
She belonged to an expressionist group of painters at the Lake of Constance.
Besides portrait paintings in oil and  aquarelle technique and also landscape paintings her special talent is shown in graphics, also in the form of book illustrations in expressionistic style.
In 1920 she changed her style to the Neue Sachlichkeit with themes like masks, cats, acts and especially portraits.
After her divorce, dependent on her own earnings, she mostly painted contracted portraits.  Large bouquets of flowers completed her later work.
Curriculum vitae

Kasia von Szadurska was born  23.2.1886 in Moscow as illegitimate daughter of a Lithuanian – Polish nobleman and a woman from Breslau.
Aged four, she came as an adoptive daughter to Dresden.
After 1903 she got private instruction in painting in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Dresden und Berlin.
In her time in Munich she made the acquaintance of a lawyer from the Lake of Constance, whom she married in 1910 and followed him to the Lake of Constance. He lived in Meersburg, she in Constance, which made a political scandal.
The marriage was divorced for unknown reasons, it is supposed that Kasia von Szadurska wished to return to Munich which did not come true. Other reasons could be the conventional behaviour of her husband and her need of emancipation.
She was found legally guilty as she admitted a liaison with a painter from Constance. This meant that she was not allowed to see her two sons.
As a single woman she was dependent on commissions and oriented her painting on the wishes of her customers.
At the end of 1939 she changed her place of residence from Bodensee to Berlin. There her health got rapidly worse. Alone, poor and almost not known, she died in 1942 in a Berlin hospital.
The divorced husband recommended, also on behalf of her sons, not to take on her inheritance: „The possible advantage is for the sons so small in comparison to the risk that could burden them their whole life".
The town of Meersburg purchases only in 1984 a large collection of paintings, drawings, aquarelles and graphics from the ownership of her niece.
Author: Mona Willmann, June 2013
  • http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasia_von_Szadurska 26.1.2013
  • Katalog:“Kasia von Szadurska. 1886-1942. Leidenschaft und Leid“ in der Städtischen Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz