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Lili Elbe

1882 - 1931

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Lili Ilse Elvenes (28 December 1882 – 13 September 1931), better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish painter, trans woman, and among the early recipients of gender-affirming surgery (sex reassignment surgery).She was a painter under her birth name Einar Wegener. After transitioning in 1930, she changed her legal name to Lili Ilse Elvenes, stopped painting, and later adopted the surname Elbe. She was the first known recipient of a uterus transplant in attempt to achieve pregnancy, but died due to the subsequent complications.The UK and US versions of her semi-autobiographical narrative were published posthumously in 1933 under the title Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lili Elbe has received more than 7,517,735 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Lili Elbe is the 78th most popular painter (up from 98th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 23rd in 2019) and the most popular Danish Painter.

Lili elbe is most famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. She was born as Einar Magnus Andreas Wegener and transitioned to Lili in 1930.

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Among painters, Lili Elbe ranks 78 out of 1,421Before her are Gustave Doré, Frans Hals, Pietro Perugino, Andrea Mantegna, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and François Boucher. After her are Honoré Daumier, Paul Signac, Fra Angelico, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Cimabue, and Francisco de Zurbarán.

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Among people born in 1882, Lili Elbe ranks 9Before her are James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Wilhelm Keitel, Georges Braque, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, and Sigrid Undset. After her are Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, Georgi Dimitrov, Max Born, Ion Antonescu, Emmy Noether, and Günther von Kluge. Among people deceased in 1931, Lili Elbe ranks 4Before her are Thomas Edison, Gustave Le Bon, and Khalil Gibran. After her are Anna Pavlova, Omar Mukhtar, Otto Wallach, Geli Raubal, Arthur Schnitzler, Albert A. Michelson, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, and George Herbert Mead.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Lili Elbe ranks 15 out of 893Before her are Ole Rømer (1644), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Cnut the Great (995), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Sigrid Undset (1882), and Karen Blixen (1885). After her are Margaret I of Denmark (1353), Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), Gorm the Old (900), George I of Greece (1845), Sweyn Forkbeard (960), and Christian II of Denmark (1481).

Among PAINTERS In Denmark

Among painters born in Denmark, Lili Elbe ranks 1After her are Gerda Wegener (1886), Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark (1656), Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864), Nicolai Abildgaard (1743), Anna Ancher (1859), Kurt Westergaard (1935), Michael Ancher (1849), Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg (1783), Carl Bloch (1834), Asger Jorn (1914), and Jens Juel (1745).