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November 21st born in Berlin, the youngest of four children.

The family moves from Berlin to Paris.

Formal education in Fine Arts at the Académie Julian in Paris, together with her older sister Marie Louise.

Continuation with studies of painting and drawing, at the Académie Royal des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

Studies at the Scuola Libera Academica,Villa Medici, Rome.

Return to Paris; both sisters move into a studio, where Jeanne Mammen organizes their first exhibition. Participation in exhibitions of the "Salon des Indépendents" in Paris.

Participation in exhibitions of the "Indépendents" in Brussels.

1912 - 1914:
First sketchbooks in pencil and watercolours with motifs from Paris, Brussels, La Panne, Scheveningen and Berlin, portraying life in the city with characterizations of individuals in their typical environment.

1913 - 1916:
First etchings and book illustrations for "Fin de Siècle" poetry (Franco-belgian and English symbolism), particularly Flaubert.

At the outbreak of the World War I the family flees to Holland to escape internment.

Jeanne Mammen moves to Berlin, with her family.

Moves into the studio (Wohnatelier), Kurfürstendamm 29, again with her older sister, Marie Louise Mammen, who signs her paintings "M. L. Mammen", and her illustrations "M. L. Folcardy".

First film posters for major German film company, Universum Film AG (UFA).

up until 1922:
Sketches in pencil and watercolors, many of them portraits of her sister Marie Louise.

1923 - 1928:
Illustrations for fashion magazines. Beginning of realistic style period. Watercolours and drawings for journals, magazines and satirical reviews: "Jugend" [Youth], "Die Dame" [The Lady], "Die Schöne Frau" [The beautiful Woman], "Der Junggeselle" [The Bachelor], "Simplicissimus", "Uhu" [Owl], "Ulk" [Fun].

as of 1927:
Ability to support herself by income from her artwork.

Individual exhibition in the "Galerie Gurlitt", Berlin.

Lithographs; among them the series of eight lithographs in two colours for Pierre Louys' "Les Chansons de Bilitis" [The Songs of Bilitis] (1894), variations on the theme of lesbian love. Banned from publication by the National Socialist regime. "Black Eye Period".

Trip to the Soviet Union and Moscow with Hans Uhlmann.

1933 - 1945:
No exhibitions during the Third Reich. Development of Cubist-expressionistic style period during self-elected seclusion from public cultural life out of protest against the ideology and terror of the Fascist regime.

Beginning of friendship with Max Delbrück.

1945 - 1948:
Sculpture period.

Jeanne Mammen joins the legendary existentialist postwar artist's cabaret "Die Badewanne" [The Bathtub]; she participates in the scenario, designs and builds scenery and backdrops, and creates décor and costumes.

1949 - 1954:
Graphic period.

1950 - 1960:
Lyrical-abstract period.

Comprehensive individual exhibition in Berlin, organized by the Senate for Education and Culture, in honour of her 70th birthday.

1960 - 1975:
Coloured paper collages with tinfoil. "Numinous" Paintings.

Publication of Jeanne Mammen's translation of Arthur Rimbaud's prose poems "Les Illuminations" (1886), Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt/M.

Trip to Marocco with Max und Manny Delbrück; serious illness and hospitalization in Rabat-Salé.

Individual exhibition in honour of her 80th birthday (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), with works covering the time period from 1929 to 1970.

Trip to Avignon (France), with Lothar Klünner, visit of the Picasso exhibition.

Jeanne Mammen finishes her last painting "Verheißung eines Winters" [Promise of Winter] on October 6th.

April 22nd, Jeanne Mammen dies in Berlin. Foundation of the "Jeanne-Mammen-Gesellschaft e. V." [Jeanne Mammen Society] (today: "Förderverein Jeanne-Mammen-Stiftung e. V." [Sponsoring Association Jeanne-Mammen-Foundation]).


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