Charlotte Salomon

The Complete Collection

Life? or Theatre? is divided into acts and scenes much resembling the form of a musical comedy. The piece is clearly structured like a play, having a prologue, a main section and an epilogue.

The prologue deals with Charlotte's early years in Berlin, up until 1937. The main section concerns her great love, the voice teacher Alfred Wolfsohn, and his relationship with both Charlotte and her step-mother, the opera singer Paula Salomon-Lindberg. The epilogue describes Charlotte's years in the south of France, from 1939 to 1942.
The total output consists of 1325 gouaches and transparencies. Many of these were rejected by Charlotte herself, and what developed was a numbered series of around eight hundred paintings.

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