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Shulamith Behr

Shulamith Behr is Senior Lecturer in German Twentieth-Century History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She was born in South Africa and obtained her B.A. Fine Arts and History of Art Honours degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She lectured in the History of Art department at Witwatersrand for seven years before pursuing her M.A. in History of Art at Manchester University and her Ph.D. in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex. Her interests revolve around cultural identity, politics and gender studies and she has published widely on Expressionism. Her publications include Women Expressionists (1988) and Expressionism (1999). More recently she has co-edited the Yearbook Arts in Exile in Britain: Politics and Cultural Identity (2005) for the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London.

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Rosa Schapire

Rosa Schapire was one of the few women to pursue art history studies at a time when the discipline itself was still in its infancy. Her foray into this male-dominated profession was indicative of her allegiance to feminist aspirations to equal opportunity and adult suffrage.

Ida Dehmel

Living a privileged existence in the wealthiest circles of German cultural society, Ida Dehmel became involved in circles of patronage of modern art that raised awareness for feminist issues, including women’s suffrage and equality for women’s artists’ associations. In 1916 she co-founded the Women’s Society for the Advancement of German Art.

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