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Poetry and the Visual Arts in Else Lasker-Schüler

The manuscripts, letters, and original editions of Else Lasker-Schüler’s prose and poetry combine text with drawing and pictograms. This is evidence both of her fascination with Ancient Egyptian art and especially with hieroglyphs, which mix linguistic signs and pictograms and different textures, and of her equal life-long commitment to writing, painting, and drawing.

 

Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

The postcard to Friedrich S. and Sina Grosshut reflects the social and literary network of the poet in British Mandate Palestine: the owners of the bookshop »Heatid« organised poetry readings in Jerusalem, and the Grosshuts did so in Haifa, where they ran a small antiquarian bookshop.

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Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

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Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

»The Banished Poet«

The drawing was completed in Jerusalem in 1942 although Else Lasker-Schüler began working on it in the mid 1930s. Symbolically, it refers to the decisive year 1933.

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»The Banished Poet«

»Dance in the Kibbutz«

The drawing reflects one of many scenes that Else Lasker-Schuler encountered in Palestine, and is at the same time evidence of her poetic engagement with the bodily and metaphorical associations of modernist dance.

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»Dance in the Kibbutz«

»The Nights of Tino from Baghdad«

The collection of prose fragments and poems is a reflection of Else Lasker-Schüler's search for a revolutionary female poetic voice within a patriarchal society.

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The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (cover)

»The Nights of Tino from Baghdad«

 (p. 7)

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The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 7)

»The Nights of Tino from Baghdad«

 (p. 8)

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The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 8)

»The Nights of Tino from Baghdad«

 (p. 53)

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The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 53)

Letter to Paul Goldschneider

The letter to the young Paul Goldschneider is part of a wider epistolary exchange between them, and evidence of the ways Else Lasker-Schüler intertwined text and object, biography and fantasy.

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Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 1)

Letter to Paul Goldschneider

(p. 2)

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Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 2)

Letter to Paul Goldschneider

(p. 3)

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Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 3)

Letter to Paul Goldschneider

(envelop)

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Letter to Paul Goldscheider (envelope)

»To the Apostle«

The manuscript shows a version of the poem »In my Lap«/»In my Womb« (»My Love Song«) from the volume »My Blue Piano« (1943). The letter is addressed the educational and cultural philosopher Ernst Akiba Simon (1899–1988) who emigrated from Berlin to Jerusalem in 1928 and became the inspiration for the poet's love poems after 1935.

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»To the Apostle«

Notebook 1937

Despite its small size, Else Lasker-Schüler’s 1937 notebook from her exile period in Zurich is a testimony of the poet's life in Swiss exile from 1933 to 1939.

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Notebook 1937

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

This letter reflects the historical situation of March 1943. Else Lasker-Schüler responds to reports about the Shoah in Nazi Germany.

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

 

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

»Asser Mëmëd Schalomein Jussuf«

The drawing was completed around 1920 in the context of the poet's epistolary novel »Der Malik«, in which Else Lasker-Schüler writes herself and her surroundings into the story of Prince Jussuf.

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»Asser Mëmëd Schalomein Jussuf«

»The Malik«

The avant-garde novel »Der Malik« (1919) captures Lasker-Schüler's friendship with Franz Marc, to whom she dedicated the work. The »Imperial History with Images and Drawings« integrates the poet's environment into a story of prince Jussuf.

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The Malik (cover)

»The Bond of the Wild Jews« from »Thebes. Poems and Lithographs«

The hand-colored and signed lithograph forms part of the volume »Thebes: Poems and Lithographs« (1923). Copy no. 88, which is shown here, bears a handwritten dedication to the actor and later theater manager Kurt Horwitz.

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»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (cover)

»The Bond of the Wild Jews« from »Thebes. Poems and Lithographs«

(dedication)

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»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (dedication)

»The Bond of the Wild Jews« from »Thebes. Poems and Lithographs«

(illustration)

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»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (Illustration)

»The Bond of the Wild Jews« from »Thebes. Poems and Lithographs«

(poem)

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»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (poem)

»At Mr. Agnon's Beloved Talpioth«

Else Lasker-Schüler was a friend of the Agnons in the Talpioth neigbourhood of Jerusalem, to which she refers in this drawing.

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»At Mr. Agnon's Beloved Talpioth«

»Talpioth in Jerusalem between the Mountains of Moab (Arab Students)«

Else Lasker-Schüler drew many scenes inspired by the landscapes and people she encountered in Jerusalem and its surroundings. In Talpioth she frequented the house of writer S.Y. Agnon and his family, which inspired several drawings of this Jerualem neighbourhood.

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»Talpioth in Jerusalem between the Mountains of Moab (Arab Students)«

»The Land of the Hebrews«

»The Land of the Hebrews« (1937), a fantastical piece of travel literature, was inspired by Else Lasker-Schüler's visit to Palestine in 1934. Shown here is a page of the typescript with autograph amendments.

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The Land of the Hebrews

Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

The notebook of Albert Ehrenstein contains several drawings by Else Lasker-Schüler, created in 1916, during an encounter in Leipzig.

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Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

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Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

The silk manufacturer and president of the Swiss Israelite Welfare Union, Silvain Guggenheim, supported Else Lasker-Schüler during her stay in Switzerland and temporarily secured her residence permit. The postcard refers to this help: »Thanks! Truly thanks!«

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

 

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

This portrait photo of Else Lasker-Schüler was taken in 1906 or slightly earlier. It shows the poet of the Peter-Hille-Book, which was published by Axel Juncker during this period.

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

This portrait photo of Else Lasker-Schüler was taken in 1906 or slightly earlier. It shows the poet of the Peter-Hille-Book, which was published by Axel Juncker at that time.

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

Card to Franz Marc

This postcard is part of the poet's artistic exchange with the painter Franz Marc between 1912 and 1916.

Card to Franz Marc

Drawing and note for Franz Marc

This postcard is part of the poet's artistic exchange with the painter Franz Marc between 1912 and 1916.

Drawing and note for Franz Marc

Postcard to Franz Marc

»Vive la guerre!« This postcard is part of the poet's artistic exchange with the painter Franz Marc, written just before the sixth sequence of »Letters and Images« which appeared in the journal »Die Aktion«.

Postcard to Franz Marc

Postcard to Franz Marc

Postcard to Franz Marc

»The Aiming Lightning Pratices Bow and Arrow«

This collage forms part of the series of many drawings and illustrations created by Else Lasker-Schüler once in exile in British Mandate Palestine and inspirted by its diverse landscapes and peoples. 

»The Aiming Lightning Pratices Bow and Arrow«

»Thebes with Jussuf«

This drawing is part of the project on the Book »Thebes« in the early 1920s.

»Thebes with Jussuf«

Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 28.5.1943
Autograph
Pencil on Paper. Advertising postcard of Heatid, Salingre & Co. With a note (greetings) by Fritz Romann.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Postcard to Friedrich Sally and Sina Grosshut

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 28.5.1943
Autograph
Pencil on Paper. Advertising postcard of Heatid, Salingre & Co. With a note (greetings) by Fritz Romann.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

»The Banished Poet«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1935-1942
Drawing
22,3(l)/22,5(r) x 19(t)/14,2(b) cm. Pencil and chalk on paper, mounted on larger paper. Handwritten description and signature.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»Dance in the Kibbutz«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1942
Drawing
20,5 x 16,7 cm. Pencil and chalk on colored paper. Signed.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (cover)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 1919
Publication (book)
2nd edition. Total 72 pages. With print dedication to Senna Hoy.
NLI, Library Collection

The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 7)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 1919
Publication (book)
2nd edition. Total 72 pages. With print dedication to Senna Hoy.
NLI, Library Collection

The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 8)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 1919
Publication (book)
2nd edition. Total 72 pages. With print dedication to Senna Hoy.
NLI, Library Collection

The Nights of Tino from Baghdad (p. 53)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 1919
Publication (book)
2nd edition. Total 72 pages. With print dedication to Senna Hoy.
NLI, Library Collection

Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 1)

Else Lasker-Schüler
30.11.1927
Autograph
With mounted green feather on first sheet, pictograms.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 2)

Else Lasker-Schüler
30.11.1927
Autograph
With mounted green feather on first sheet, pictograms.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Letter to Paul Goldscheider (p. 3)

Else Lasker-Schüler
30.11.1927
Autograph
With mounted green feather on first sheet, pictograms.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Letter to Paul Goldscheider (envelope)

Else Lasker-Schüler
30.11.1927
Autograph
With mounted green feather on first sheet, pictograms.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»To the Apostle«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1942
Manuscript
Pencil and blue crayon on air mail letter paper.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Notebook 1937

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich, 1937
Manuscript
4 x 6 cm. Chequered pages, black faux leather binding.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Notebook 1937

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich, 1937
Manuscript
4 x 6 cm. Chequered pages, black faux leather binding.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Notebook 1937

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich, 1937
Manuscript
4 x 6 cm. Chequered pages, black faux leather binding.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Notebook 1937 (cover)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich, 1937
Manuscript
4 x 6 cm. Chequered pages, black faux leather binding.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 11.3.1943
Autograph
Pencil on Paper. 2 pages.
NLI, Ernst Akiva Simon Archive

Letter to Ernst Akiva Simon

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 11.3.1943
Autograph
Pencil on Paper. 2 pages.
NLI, Ernst Akiva Simon Archive

»Asser Mëmëd Schalomein Jussuf«

Else Lasker-Schüler
1920
Drawing
15 x 10 cm. Pencil, ink, colored pencils and crayons on sketch pad paper.
DLA, Hans Feist Collection

The Malik (cover)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin: Cassirer, 1919
Publication (book)
Pages with illustrations from book. With printed dedication to Franz Marc.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

The Malik (p. 60/61)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin: Cassirer, 1919
Publication (book)
Pages with illustrations from book. With printed dedication to Franz Marc.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (cover)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Frankfurt am Main/Berlin: Querschnitt-Verlag, 1923
Print (lithography)
1 page from copy No. 88. With handwritten dedication to Kurt Horwitz. The lithograph is colored by hand and signed.
DLA, Library Collection

»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (dedication)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Frankfurt am Main/Berlin: Querschnitt-Verlag
, 1923
Print (lithography)
1 page from copy No. 88. With handwritten dedication to Kurt Horwitz. The lithograph is colored by hand and signed.
DLA, Library Collection

»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (Illustration)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Frankfurt am Main/Berlin: Querschnitt-Verlag
, 1923
Print (lithography)
1 page from copy No. 88. With handwritten dedication to Kurt Horwitz. The lithograph is colored by hand and signed.
DLA, Library Collection

»The Bond of Wild Jews« from Thebes. Poems and Lithographs (poem)

Else Lasker-Schüler
Frankfurt am Main/Berlin: Querschnitt-Verlag
, 1923
Print (lithography)
1 page from copy No. 88. With handwritten dedication to Kurt Horwitz. The lithograph is colored by hand and signed.
DLA, Library Collection

»At Mr. Agnon's Beloved Talpioth«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1937-38
Drawing
20,9 x 19,7(t) 19,4 (b) cm. Chalk on parchment paper, mounted.
NLI, Shmuel Yosef Agnon Archive

»Talpioth in Jerusalem between the Mountains of Moab (Arab Students)«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1937-38
Drawing
28,3(l)/281(r) x 12,1(t)/12,0(b) cm. Smaller paper mounted on bigger paper. With handwritten description and signature.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

The Land of the Hebrews

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich
Typescript with autograph annotations.
Page with ink and pencil annotations.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

Else Lasker-Schüler
Leipzig, 1916
Drawing
16 x 9,8 cm. Pencil on paper.
NLI, Albert Ehrenstein Archive

Drawings in Albert Ehrenstein's Notebook

Else Lasker-Schüler
Leipzig, 1916
Drawing
16 x 9,8 cm. Pencil on paper.
NLI, Albert Ehrenstein Archive

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

Else Lasker-Schüler
20.11.1934
Autograph
With drawing »People from Jerusalem«. (recto)
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Postcard to Silvain Guggenheim

Else Lasker-Schüler
21.11.1934
Autograph
With drawing »People from Jerusalem«. (verso)
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 1906
Photograph
14,5 x 10 cm. Photo on cardboard. With autograph dedication to René Schickele. Photo: Otto Becker & Maass, Berlin.
DLA, René Schickele Archive

Portrait Photograph of Else Lasker-Schüler

Else Lasker-Schüler
1906
Photograph
15,8 x 10,4 cm. Photo on cardboard. With autograph dedication to René Schickele.
DLA, René Schickele Archive

Card to Franz Marc

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, [February 1914]
Drawing
Ink on cardboard.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Drawing and note for Franz Marc

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, [5.1.1913]
Drawing
Note with ink drawing: »Will be there in time for train. Jussuf«
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Postcard to Franz Marc

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, [14.11.1913]
Autograph
13,4 x 8,2 cm. Ink on cardboard, with drawing.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Postcard to Franz Marc

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, [14.11.1913]
Autograph
13,4 x 8,2 cm. Ink on cardboard, with drawing.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

»The Aiming Lightning Pratices Bow and Arrow«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 8.3.1940
Collage
22×17 cm. Collage of color pencils and crayons with metal foil. Signed: "8 March. Jerusalem. Else Lasker-Schüler - Prince Gontzo from Athens"
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»Thebes with Jussuf«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, ca. 1920
Print
30×21 cm. Print with color pencils. Signed, with dedication: »Hannit Stenzel in friendship«
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive
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