Category Archives: Munich

Dormition of the Heathen Madonna

Fanny zu Reventlow, the “bohemian countess” of Munich around 1900

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Dormition of the Heathen Madonna

Fanny zu Reventlow, the “bohemian countess” of Munich around 1900

Doubles: Sybille Schmitz

The inspiration for Fassbinder’s masterpiece, Veronika Voss

Doubles: Sybille Schmitz

The inspiration for Fassbinder’s masterpiece, Veronika Voss

Kubin the writer

The sole literary effort from a master of dark illustrations

Kubin the writer

The sole literary effort from a master of dark illustrations

Frank Eugene | performers

Eugene was one of the first to make the case for photography as an artistic medium.

Frank Eugene | performers

Eugene was one of the first to make the case for photography as an artistic medium.

Bohemia liquidates itself

“…prostitutes admitted that their main purpose in attending Action Group meetings had been to tout for trade, while others claimed to have participated because of the free beer and to have been too drunk to understand what was going on…”

Bohemia liquidates itself

“…prostitutes admitted that their main purpose in attending Action Group meetings had been to tout for trade, while others claimed to have participated because of the free beer and to have been too drunk to understand what was going on…”

Various | Jugend 1896

The magazine Jugend (“Youth”) was established in 1896 as a “Munich illustrated weekly of art and life”.

Various | Jugend 1896

The magazine Jugend (“Youth”) was established in 1896 as a “Munich illustrated weekly of art and life”.

Dress-down Friday: Gusto Gräser

Gräser’s idealism, ascetic lifestyle and incessant wanderings bring to mind a Herman Hesse character. And little wonder; Hesse was one of Gräser’s followers and worked both the personality and teachings of his guru through several of his books.

Dress-down Friday: Gusto Gräser

Gräser’s idealism, ascetic lifestyle and incessant wanderings bring to mind a Herman Hesse character. And little wonder; Hesse was one of Gräser’s followers and worked both the personality and teachings of his guru through several of his books.

Circles: Fanny zu Reventlow

The “Cosmic Countess” serves as a fairly arbitrary mid-point around which to gather some of the key figures who made the Bavarian capital one of Europe’s most exciting, progressive cities at the beginning of the 20th century.

Circles: Fanny zu Reventlow

The “Cosmic Countess” serves as a fairly arbitrary mid-point around which to gather some of the key figures who made the Bavarian capital one of Europe’s most exciting, progressive cities at the beginning of the 20th century.

Places: Schleißheim

Complaining about the lack of conventional narrative in Last Year at Marienbad is like standing in front of a Pollock and asking where the basket of fruit is.

Places: Schleißheim

Complaining about the lack of conventional narrative in Last Year at Marienbad is like standing in front of a Pollock and asking where the basket of fruit is.

Munich

We’ve talked about enough obscure, unfairly forgotten people here, but with pre-World War One Schwabing a whole milieu is largely unexamined, in the English-speaking world at least.

Munich

We’ve talked about enough obscure, unfairly forgotten people here, but with pre-World War One Schwabing a whole milieu is largely unexamined, in the English-speaking world at least.

Franziska zu Reventlow | artworks

The fragments of her artistic output which survive are a modest yet intriguing glimpse into a highly unconventional life.

Franziska zu Reventlow | artworks

The fragments of her artistic output which survive are a modest yet intriguing glimpse into a highly unconventional life.

Alastair on film

It is difficult to imagine Alastair – the evanescent being who even in his heyday was little known to the public, who viewed the 1890s through the prism of the 1920s – even existing in the 1960s, let alone turning up on television.

Alastair on film

It is difficult to imagine Alastair – the evanescent being who even in his heyday was little known to the public, who viewed the 1890s through the prism of the 1920s – even existing in the 1960s, let alone turning up on television.

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.

Dress-down Friday: Else Lasker-Schüler

Five stages in the sartorial self-actualisation of writer Else Lasker-Schüler as she moves through Germany, Switzerland and Palestine.

Franz von Stuck | graphic work

Stuck produced a design for the Olympic Games which were scheduled to take place in 1916 in Berlin but were abandoned due to the First World War.

Franz von Stuck | graphic work

Stuck produced a design for the Olympic Games which were scheduled to take place in 1916 in Berlin but were abandoned due to the First World War.

Dress-down Friday: Bohemian Schwabing

Their living habits may have been unconventional but by day, at least, many of the Schwabing Bohemians appeared suprisingly conservative, barely distinguishable from public servants of the era. But this was only part of the story…

Dress-down Friday: Bohemian Schwabing

Their living habits may have been unconventional but by day, at least, many of the Schwabing Bohemians appeared suprisingly conservative, barely distinguishable from public servants of the era. But this was only part of the story…

Dress-down Friday: Lady Jane Digby

Even if you knew nothing of their sitter, looking at these two paintings together you would probably assume she was rarely at home to Mr Boring. And you’d be right.

Dress-down Friday: Lady Jane Digby

Even if you knew nothing of their sitter, looking at these two paintings together you would probably assume she was rarely at home to Mr Boring. And you’d be right.

Dress-down Friday: Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Diefenbach pronounced the virtues of free love and the vice of cigarettes, preaching temperance and vegetarianism to a city sodden with beer and swollen with wurst. But it was his approach to dress which most alarmed Wilhelmine Germany.

Dress-down Friday: Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Diefenbach pronounced the virtues of free love and the vice of cigarettes, preaching temperance and vegetarianism to a city sodden with beer and swollen with wurst. But it was his approach to dress which most alarmed Wilhelmine Germany.