831 pp. Over 769 illustrations in colour, from the Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Text in English. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Painting For Her Life
Charlotte Salomon’s artistic feat under the Third Reich
When German artist Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943) handed her gouache series Life? or Theater? over to a friend, she beseeched him to “take good care of it, it is my entire life.” A few months later, the five-months pregnant Charlotte was picked up by a Gestapo truck, deported to Drancy, and then on to Auschwitz, where she died upon arrival at the age 26.
Trauma haunts many of the pages, but there is defiance, too. Born of a family plagued by depression, the work Salomon left behind is, in a very real sense, her pièce de résistance – in her own words, “something wildly eccentric.” A cycle of nearly 1,300 autobiographical gouaches, it combines creative force with pioneering personal narrative into one shattering document of self-expression.
Divided into three sections, the gouaches unveil a vivid self-portrait spanning across all facets of Charlotte's existence: from a complicated family life, marked by the suicides of nearly all female relatives; growing up in Berlin; her close relation to singing teacher Alfred Wolfsohn; the rise of the Nazis; to her exile to France in 1939. Throughout, the artist challenges these destructive forces by deploying playful pseudonyms and fantastical elements alongside emotional candor, remarkable observation, and a meticulous visual memory. Her film strip-like sequences are interspersed not only with words but also musical suggestions, making Life? or Theater? the storybook for a whole musical, years before the heyday of that genre.
Without comparison, the gouaches are a triumph of personal truth and individual expression. Published here with a selection of the 450 most important pieces, Life? Or Theatre? is an unrivaled opus magnum from a great and ambitious artist, dark with her early death, but luminous with her precision, her lyricism, and her courage.
About the Author: Judith C. E. Belinfante studied modern history at the University of Amsterdam. From 1969 until 1998 she was involved in the collecting for and building of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, working as Director from 1976. From 1998 to 2002 she was a member of Parliament and from 2003 to 2008 Chief Curator of the Special Collections of the University Library of the University of Amsterdam. She is member and Chair of the Charlotte Salomon Foundation.
Title: Charlotte Salomon. Life? Or Theatre?
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Near Fine
Book Description Book Condition: Good. May have some shelf-wear due to normal use. Bookseller Inventory # 0KVBKE004JFL
Book Description Waanders BV, Uitgeverij, 1999. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. 831pp.; colour ill.; Book in excellent condition, with protective plastic cover. Few faint marks to the half title page and lower edge. Heavy book, will incur extra postage charges. Selling for Oxfam. Bookseller Inventory # 016127
Book Description Waanders BV, Uitgeverij, 1999. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 769 Gouaches. Spine strip creases. Bookseller Inventory # 025846
Book Description W Books, 1999. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 9040092869-2-4
Book Description B.V. Waanders Uitgeverji 1999-05, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: good. 9040092869. Bookseller Inventory # 593033
Book Description Waanders, Zwolle, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 831 pp., 12mo. Paperback. Slight scuffing, soiling & edgewear to covers & spine; some creases to spine. Some very faint soiling to textblock edges. Some very light soiling scattered to mostly clean & crisp textblock. Bookseller Inventory # 156198
Book Description B.V. Waanders Uitgeverji, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P029040092869
Book Description B.V. Waanders Uitgeverji, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P019040092869
Book Description B.V. Waanders Uitgeverji, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P119040092869
Book Description Waanders Pub, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 6 5/8" by 7 7/8" by 2.1/2" thick. 831 pp., front and rear covers, and spine decorated with work by Saloman. UNREAD, minor handling indications. corners sharp, except very tip of front bottom corner is bumped--ffep is untouched. Artist's biography and art backgorund discussed in text. Looks very interesting from careful peering! Very collectible copy. Wt.=4 pounds. Appears to be the First Printing of the First Edition. No printing history is stated. Bookseller Inventory # 1211702