Charlotte: Life? or Theatre?. An Autobiographical Play by Charlotte Salomon
New York: Viking Press, 1981. 1st Edition. Thick quarto, publisher's slate cloth, spine stamped in blue, original illustrated dust jacket.
"And with dream-awakened eyes, she saw all the beauty around her, saw the sea, felt the sun, and knew she had to vanish for a while from the human plane and make every sacrifice in order to create her world anew out of the depths." Comprehensive monograph on remarkable German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon's extensive autobiographical masterpiece Life? or Theatre? (The series is composed of almost 1700 paintings and transparencies.) With the knowledge she was being deported to Auschwitz, she entrusted the compendium to her friend with the parting words, "take good care of it, it is my entire life." Soloman, five months pregnant at the time, and her husband were murdered in 1943. Illustrated with 769 color plates, and several black-and-white photos and reproductions; with biographical, historical, and critical texts by Judith C.E. Belinfante, Judith Herzberg and Gary Schwartz. Fine in clipped dust jacket. Item #4565