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BIOGRAPHY

Mimi Langraf was born in Vienna in 1896 and moved to Switzerland with her family in the early 1920s. This is where she spent most of her life and artistic career.

1896

Mimi is born in Vienna and spends her childhood and youth there.

1916

At the age of 20 she marries Paul Langraf.

1917

Their son Fritz was born in 1917.

1919

Two years later follows the birth of daughter Eva.

1920

The young family moves from Vienna to Lucerne in Switzerland.

1927

The Museum of Art Lucerne acquires one of her works (Self-Portrait, oil).

1929

The family moves from Lucerne to Zurich. The same year a special exhibition is held at the Lucerne Art Museum and the Lugano Art Museum buys one of her paintings (Street in a Breton Town, oil).

1939

The Graphische Sammlung ETH in Zurich acquires one of her works (Nightly street in Zurich, pencil).

1949

Ten years later, Mimi's work is still very figurative, but slowly moving towards abstraction.

1951

The Canton of Zurich buys three of her artworks (Paradeplatz, Sils Maria in the Engadine, Streetscape, Pencil).

1960

Meanwhile, the artworks are entirely abstract.

1961

Until the death of her husband Paul Langraf, Mimi paints at his bedside with oil pastels.

1965

The Helmhaus in Zurich pays tribute to Mimi Langraf and Ruth Zürcher with a solo exhibition.

1967

Mimi realises that she is slowly losing her sight and takes her own life in 1967.