Annegret Soltau

Schwanger (Pregnant)

About this artwork

Soltau remarks: ‘I gave birth to a daughter in 1978. At that time, it was not a matter of course for female artists to deal artistically with pregnancy and childbirth. On the contrary, it was frowned upon and didn’t help one’s career. These works must be seen against this ambiguous background. In the first picture I am two months pregnant. The pregnancy is not yet visible on the outside, but my inner state is torn. In the second, I am sitting in an old leather armchair, the expression is challenging and grotesque with an exaggerated laugh, the breasts displaced and the pregnant belly as if slashed and sewn up.’ 

Published November 2021

  • artist:
    Annegret SoltauGerman (born 1946)
  • title:
    Schwanger (Pregnant)
  • date created:
    1978
  • materials:
    Gelatine silver print with thread overstitched
  • measurements:
    24.00 x 15.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with funds from the Knapping Bequest, 2019
  • accession number:
    GMA 5641
  • gallery:
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Annegret Soltau

Annegret Soltau