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This is an auction for TO PAINT HER LIFE: CHARLOTTE SALOMON IN THE NAZI ERA, by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner.

"Felstiner has written a poignant, tragic biography of Charlotte Salomon, a Jewish artist who grew up in Berlin between the wars. In 1938, Salomon was sent to the south of France to join her grandparents as refugees. Shy and withdrawn, she sought escape from reality in her art and created an autobiography for which she produced over 700 paintings and drawings. Felstiner bases the biography on this work, as well as on interviews with people who knew Salomon and research in various archives. The story also explicates the plight of Jewish women during the Holocaust. Recommended.
- Library Journal (US)

"Ms. Felstiner tells this harrowing tale clearly and emotionally. . . . Her account will spread the word about a talented and tragic hostage to her family and her times."
- New York Times Book Review

"Something truly remarkable, a work of art in its own right and a masterpiece in the field of Holocaust studies. . . . At times, To Paint Her Life achieves a certain songlike quality and poetic grandeur (it's a fugue of art and history, love and pain, sexuality and politics (and it reaches a shattering crescendo in the very last, speculative passage."
- Los Angeles Times

"This is one of the most powerful and moving books I have ever read. Felstiner, like Salomon, has left us what seems to me a masterpiece."
- Women's Review of Books

Very favourable reviews on

Large format (trade) paperback 1997.

291 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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