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Charlotte Salomon : life? or theatre?

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Charlotte Salomon : life? or theatre?
Call No: 759.3 S17c 2011

Call Number759.3 S17c 2011
Statement of Responsibility[Charlotte Salomon ; adapted from an essay by Irene Faber ; Contemporary Jewish Museum].
Creators & ContributorsSalomon, Charlotte (author)
Faber, Irene (contributor)
Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, Calif.) (contributor)
Salomon, Charlotte (subject)
SummaryCatalogue published to accompany the exhibition, "Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?" (Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2011). The exhibition focused on Charlotte Salomon, a 23-year old Jewish artist from Berlin who fled to the south of France in the early years of the Second World War. In France, Salomon shut herself into a hotel room and spent two years feverishly painting the story of her life. She called it Life? or Theatre?: A Play with Music—an astounding body of over 1,300 powerfully drawn and expressively coloured gouache paintings conceived as a sort of autobiographical operetta on paper. On one numbered page after another, Salomon used an inventive mixture of images, dialogue, commentary, and musical cues to tell a compelling coming-of-age story set amidst family suicides and increasing Nazi oppression. This singular creation would be Salomon's only major work. Just one year after she completed Life? or Theatre?, the pregnant twenty-six-year-old  was transported to Auschwitz and killed. —Contemporary Jewish Museum
Physical Description 31 pages : illustrations (some color), portrait ; 28 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherSan Francisco : Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Catalog of an exhibition held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, March 31–July 31, 2011
  • "The text is adapted from an essay by Irene Faber and from texts originating at the CJM" —Colophon