Friday, April 8, 2011

THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM PRESENTS Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?

 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
http://www.examiner.com/museum-in-san-francisco/nancy-ewart

1 comment:

Kathy Hodge said...

I discovered Salomon when I found a copy of her book at a used book sale. I had never heard of her, but what an amazing artist! The ones who killed her were not fit to even be in her presence.