Gerda Marie Fredrikke Wegener, a Danish illustrator and painter was born on March 15, 1886, in Hammelev, Denmark. Wegener was born to Justine and Emil Gottlieb, a vicar in the Lutheran church.
Wegener was best known for her fashion illustrations and later her paintings that pushed the boundaries of gender and love of her time.
Wegener met fellow artist Lili Elbe at the age of 18 years. Lili and Wegener married in 1904. Lili Ilse Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish painter and transgender woman, and among the early recipients of sex reassignment surgery.
Their marriage was annulled in 1930. Annulment is a legal procedure within secular and religious legal systems for declaring a marriage null and void
How Did Gerda Wegener Die?
Wegener died on 28 July 1940, in Frederiksberg, Denmark. Wegener’s death occurred shortly after Nazi Germany, the German state between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party controlled the country, transforming it into a dictatorship that invaded the country.