In the early years of World War II, Charlotte Salomon, a 23-year-old Jewish artist from Berlin, fled to the south of France where she shut herself into a hotel room and spent two years obsessively painting a fictionalized history of her life.
She called it Life? or Theatre?: A Play With Music, an astounding body of over 1300 powerfully drawn and expressively colored gouache paintings conceived as a sort of autobiographical operetta on paper.
She was murdered at Auschwitz at the age of twenty-six.Currently on view at the CJM. Review at the Examiner.com