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with the words Keep this safe it is my whole lifeI read and teach comics so the words Keep this safe it is my whole lifeI read and teach comics so was intrigued by a Goodreads suggestion some years ago that I consider Charlotte A Diary in Pictures which features a seuence of 80 gouache paintings done by Charlotte Salomon in the years before she was murdered in Auschwitz a kind of brief sketch of her life story I call it a sketch a selection since she left over 1300 paintings many of them seuenced numbered annotatedhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowI also read Charlotte A Novel in verse from David Foenkinos the greatest or at the very least the largest source for her life and work is her Life or Theater that functions as a complete seuential narrative like a comic book or graphic novel sure of Salomon s life than the aforementioned Diary It s than 780 pages long including a preface and introduction references and afterwords It also features commentary andor dialogue for each painting and sometimes mentions music that might accompany the text making this document a multi genre multi media performance piece It could be categorized as a singspiel or song play kind of like a precursor to the operetta although you read this it s a book of course and there s no accompanying cd though I bet if she were doing it today she would include a disk She hummed songs while she painted so she associates certain songs with certain paintings and times of her lifeMostly the painting narrative ust documents her life With some fantasy elements Many of her family died in the camps Several committed suicide within the scope of her lifetime too so this tome deals with these issues among many other things Family mental health issues become a focus Dear God please don t let me go insane Charlotte She s suspected she wrote a kind of confession in a 15 page letter of poisoning her ailing Grandfather the letter was released in 2015 This act if it happened is alluded to in other things that I have read but I am not yet decided about it I think it was never satisfactorily resolved Born in 1917 Charlotte died in 1943 She asked the uestion #whether to take my own life or undertake something wildly unusual She chose the latter #to take my own life or undertake something wildly unusual She chose the latter made sense of her life in painting an exhilarating demonstration of the power of art in the face of devastation It s breath taking in this format the only option I have in the states but I am uite sure I would prefer to see the paintings in person which one can do at the Jewish History Museum in Amsterdam Even in large book format some of the reproductions are less sharp than you want them to be But it s still an amazing accomplishment And the book is a great feat a gift to the worldHere s some images from her work so you can at least get the feel of her style at least s a film of some of the Salomon paintings that are housed in the Jewish History Museum. A Lindberg the singing teacher Alfred Wolfsohn her fellow students and teachers at the Arts Academy her grandparents The original paintings are in the possession of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. .
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The key uestion that s been silenced ever after The story was overly long and most of it didn t feel worth telling Some of the paintings had interesting layouts and colors overly long and most of it didn t feel worth telling Some of the paintings had interesting layouts and colors most were pretty terrible I know this is a painting style but it feels incredibly amateurish Must be read by all an unbelievable work of pure oy and unbearable honesty My heart and soul and spirit go out to her in the shape of one of
her favorite reclining poses the one to be compared with Michelangelofavorite reclining poses the one to be compared with Michelangelo a phenomenal thing from a heavenly creature s arms WOW A work of genius Salomon s book is truly shocking in its intensity its scope its depth of rage and sorrow Think of Anne Frank as her lucky younger sister what Salomon suffered was unspeakably worse I cannot get Salomon out of my head This is as epic a tragedy as any play by Aeschylus or Shakespeare How I wish she d survived the concentration camps to make her life story into an opera or movie Someone should Editor s Note Life or Theatre A play with music About Letter to Amadeus DaberlohnNotes on Charlotte Salomon s Letter to Amadeus DaberlohnTranslator s NoteCharlotte Salomon s Letter to Amadeus DaberlohnNotes on the TextCharlotte Salomon by Emil StrausHow Life or Theatre Was Received by Jo l Cahen Ad Petersen and Batya WolffIndex of Reproductions Fantastic and then you realize it is autobiographical Sobering Recommend An early great graphic memoirart comics I bought this book based on the review in The New York Review of Books and because the images within the review intrigued me I had never heard of Charlotte Salomon before this I was blown away by her paintings and her story This is the most incredible work I ve ever seen Not to be missed I thought I had already read this book after I saw the exhibit at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco on August 30 2011 I hadn t added it to Goodreads though and I was already a member Perhaps I was able to read only portions of the book at the time so I rereadreskimmed it so that I could rate and review it now I ust noticed I shelved it as to read on 83011 I think that I read much of the book while at the exhibit There were copies available We spent hours there but most of that time was looking at the art and the captions at the pieces and I am now assuming I wouldn t have had time to read the entire book For me this is a full 5 stars worthy book I d remembered mostly the art and Charlotte s story but the text play is ust as compelling and wonderful as the art I love this book I admire how Charlotte was able to take pain and turn it into art I love this artist s art I am interested in her story I was happy to revisit both It s a really heavy book so I story I was happy to revisit both It s a really heavy book so I able to read it only when home I was not willing to carry it around with me It s a paperback but heavier than most hardcover books The uality of the art as shown on the book s pages is excellent The art content and their captions tell a fascinating and complete story The art alone does a lot There are al. Charlotte Salomon 1917 1943 was a painter from Berlin who fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and spent the last years of her life at her grandparents' home in the south of France Her grandmother's suicide led Charlo. ,
So sections at the start of the book that are also fascinating and educational They re are text heavy but include some lovely and helpful and interesting photos and also some of Charlotte s art From the inside front cover of the book that precedes the Contents page The work that Charlotte Salomon entitled Life Or Theater figures among the 1325 gouaches and transparencies owned by the Jewish Historical Museum This publication includes reproductions of 769 gouaches thirteen printed pages of text and one transparency Only the unnumbered programme booklet JHM no 4155 three unnumbered gouaches have been
added At Gary Schwartz s recommendation seuence of gouaches JHM no 4404At Gary Schwartz s recommendation the seuence of gouaches JHM no 4404 been switched in contrast to the previous edition The numbering of these gouaches conflicts with the story s continuity All texts accompanying the gouaches are by Charlotte Salomon Everything about this book is 5 star worthy The art Charlotte s writing the biography written about her and her time which spanned from 1917 WWI to the middle of WWII 1943 It s ust as chilling as it s ever been to read about what happened in the years 1933 1943 in this case how it affected Charlotte and her family and those she knew She was German Jewish but was living in France when she was captured by the Nazis As far as her biography what most impressed me was how suicide and depression were rampant in her family members including her closest women relatives and ancestors and she suffered from depression and contemplated suicide and she was obsessed with the family suicides but she chose life When she was sent to Auschwitz at 26 she was 5 months pregnant She was gassed upon arrival If she d not been pregnant choosing life she might have survived She chose life and then was murdered It s so sad Tragic Her father stepmother did survive and it was them being given her artplaywritings work that reminded me of Otto Frank being given Anne Frank s diary Her play autobiographical play personal and family and what was going on in Nazi occupied Germanysociallyhistorically takes place from 1913 1940 and is supposed to be set to music I d love to hear the music Some of the music in the directions is known to me and
I COULD HEAR SOME OF ITcould hear some of it my head as I read When I decided to readreread this book I had planned to make a list of my very favorite art pieces in the book but I ust couldn t do that Yes I love some than other want to view some longer than others but I d adored too many to list maybe about half of them I will say that overall I liked the art earlier in the play than the art later in the play I was a tad frustrated that I couldn t read the German words included in some of the art I was able to translate some of the words though not nearly enough to understand what she was trying to convey with her words She was already an accomplished artist before she wrote this long piece I am interested in seeing all of her art and maybe in reading an in depth biography of her her family her contemporar. Tte to paint a dramatized autobiography in an extensive series of gouaches In this autobiography all the people that were important to her are brought to life in a special way her father her stepmother Paul. ,