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Charlotte Salomon : Colours of the Soul

Ilaria Ferramosca, Gian Marco De Francisco
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Ponent Mon Ltd
Published: October 29, 2020
ISBN: 9781912097418
128 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Charlotte Salomon (Berlin, 16/04/17 – Auschwitz, 10/10/43) was a young Jewish artist from a prosperous family whose mother committed suicide when she was just nine years old. One of several suicides within her family. She attended the School for Pure and Applied Arts until 1938 when the increasing antisemitic policies caused her to escape to the south of France to live with her grandparents. It was not the best of times. In 1941, now living alone she began painting what became over 1000 gouaches which she edited and added captions and overlays to create her life’s work Leben? Oder Theater? consisting of 769 of the paintings depicting a somewhat fantastical autobiography preserving main elements of her life. She also made notes on appropriate music to accompany the art. In 1943 she handed the work over to the local doctor in a large suitcase with the wish that he ‘Keep this safe, it is my whole life.’ She had addressed it to wealthy American, Ottillie Moore in whose property she had stayed. By September that year she had married another German Jewish refugee, Alexander Nagler, and the two of them were arrested and she was transported to Auschwitz to the gas chambers when five months pregnant.

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