Else Lasker-Schüler | Theben

Else Lasker-Schüler‘s book Theben, which appeared in 1923, displayed its creator’s literary and artistic gifts while working through her identification with the Prince of Thebes (although I’m convinced that the image second from the bottom is actually Queen Sofia of Spain in 90s Lacroix). The German writer’s poems were reproduced in her own hand and these drawings come from one of the 50 deluxe edition copies which were also hand coloured by Lasker-Schüler. They present a romanticised Near East where stars of David nestle harmoniously with crescent moons. Else Lasker-Schüler died in Jerusalem in 1945.

Further reading
Strange Flowers guide to Berlin, part 3 and 4



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