Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory Griselda Pollock

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
06 Mar 2018
ISBN:
9780300100723
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
560 pages: 267 x 192mm
Illustrations:
360 color + b-w illus.

An enlightening and overdue re-evaluation of the masterwork of a complex and under-appreciated artist

Charlotte Salomon (1917–1943) is renowned for a single, monumental, modernist artwork, Life? or Theatre? (Leben? oder Theater?), comprising 784 paintings and created between 1941 and 1942. This major art-historical study sheds new light on the remarkable combination of image, text, and music, revealing Salomon’s wealth of references to cinema, opera, Berlin cabaret, and the painter’s self-consciously deployed modernist engagements with artists such as Van Gogh, Munch, and Kollwitz. Additionally, Griselda Pollock draws attention to affinities in Salomon’s work with that of others who shared her experience of statelessness and menaced exile in Nazi-dominated Europe, including Hannah Arendt, Sigmund Freud, and Walter Benjamin.

Griselda Pollock is professor of the social and critical histories of art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.