Lisel Oppel

* 14 10 1897 | Bremen
† 11 07 1960 | Worpswede near Bremen

Lisel Oppel is viewed as one of the most well-known representatives of the second generation of Worpswede artists. The Teufelsmoor and its people define the motifs of her paintings, watercolours and drawings: the portraits and the beloved children with lanterns, the farmhouses and gardens, the village views and moor landscapes. However, her many travels to in some cases exotic countries, including Italy, Spain, Morocco and Egypt, also found an echo in her oeuvre.


Works by Lisel Oppel

Vita Lisel Oppel

1897

Anna Amalie Elisabeth Oppel was born on 14 October as the youngest of eight siblings.

1914/15

Applied arts classes at the Gewerbe-Museum, Bremen.

1917/18

Studies at the Königliche Kunstgewerbeschule (Royal school of applied arts), Munich.

1918

Service obligation as an “unskilled worker“ at the Bayerische Geschützwerken Friedrich Krupp KG.

Prior to the end of the war, room and board on a farm in Oberende near Bremen.

1919

Stay in Worpswede with the painter Emmy Meyer.

1923–29

Work on a farm in Kirchseelte, Wildeshauser Geest; with longer interruptions until 1929.

1925

Work at Gut Springorum in Wielen, County Bentheim.

Many paper cuttings created in the mid-1920s.

1927

Oppel travelled via Switzerland to Italy; stay in Lodi.

1928

Another journey via Switzerland to Italy, stay in Positano.

1930–35

As of April, a stay in Positano and Vietri, as well as on Ischia

In these years she produced tiles, illuminated angels and vases.

1932

Work with the Industria Ceramica Salernitana in Vietri. Birth of her son Claudio on 7 August.

1935

Return to Worpswede. Accommodations in Haus Tulipan im Schluh. Later with the farmer Reinhard Stelljes in Ostendorf.

1936/37

Stay in Saline Ioniche near Reggio Calabria. She explored Sicily.

1937

Return to Worpswede. Oppel painted dishes and tiles at home for a Bremen ceramics factory.

1939/40

Service obligation as a technical draughtswoman for the AG Weser shipyard in Bremen.

1940

Travel to Chiemgau. She worked as a ceramicist for the Klampfleuthner pottery.

1941

Move to Dießen on the Ammersee. Became active in the pottery there.

1942

Return to the Fraueninsel on the Chiemsee.

Travel to Worpswede. Became a tenant of the farmer Schnaars in Bergedorf.

1943

Stay in the Wachau.

1945

On 21 March, court proceedings involving prohibited relations with a French prisoner of war with subsequent imprisonment. Return to Worpswede on 21 April.

1948

Travel to Switzerland, stays in Ascona and Intragna in Ticino.

1950

Stay in Positano.

1952

Travel to Madrid and from there via Seville to Tangier, Morocco.

1954

Renewed travel via Spain to Tangier and Marrakesh. Acquaintance with Moulay Ahmed Drissi.

Return to Worpswede in autumn, where Drissi visited her until the spring of 1955.

1955/56

Stay on Ischia until March 1956.

1956

She completed the painting of the Tangier basement in Worpswede.

1957

Renewed travel to Spain, especially a stay in Seville.

1958/59

Travel via Venice to Egypt.

1960

Last journey via Paris to Seville.

Lisel Oppel died on 11 July in a Bremen psychiatric clinic.

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