New York: The Viking Press, (1981). Hardcover. Quarto size, 800 pp., with original publisher's mailing box. Near fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2054
Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) was a German-Jewish artist; born in Berlin, she fled Nazi Germany to live in the south of France, where she produced the 769 gouaches in "Life or Theater?". The book is a somewhat fictionalized account of Salomon's upbringing, her family's personal tragedies in the suicides of both her mother and grandmother, and her love affair with Alfred Wolfsohn (1896-1962), a voice teacher also living in Berlin. After Salomon had finished the paintings, and entrusted them to a friend for safekeeping, she was captured by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she was gassed soon after her arrival. The paintings and the texts that accompany them read like a play, as Salomon delves into her psyche and attempts to reconcile her life and work to the turbulent events happening in Europe around her.
___DESCRIPTION: Full light purple cloth with purple lettering on the spine, four black-and-white photographs of portraits in the preface and foreword, black-and-white reproductions of some of Salomon's paintings toward the front of the book, 769 full-colour gouaches throughout the book; quarto size (11" by 9.75"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xiv [xv] xvi 1-784. In original publisher's box, cardboard with black lettering on two sides (15.5" by 10").
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with no rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright; some very slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine, the only prior owner mark we see is a small notation on the back free endpaper "Paris/175"; else fine. Dust jacket is near fine, clean with bright colours, with some slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine, a minute closed tear to the top front joint, and some minor toning to the white portions of the jacket. The publisher's box is near fine, strong and study, having been opened on one end only.
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