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»Verwandert«

Exile and Foreignness in Life and Art

In her work, Else Lasker-Schüler expressed real and metaphorical forms of exile – as a German Jew, as a female poet, and as an artist in general. The neologism »verwandert(es)« from the poem »The Song of my Life« in the volume »The Nights of Tino from Baghdad« (1907/1919) combines the ideas of migration, transformation, affinities, and wonderment, thereby expressing a highly personalized version of these shifting and conflicting experiences.

»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«

»To Ernest of Yesteryear«

In the poem Else Lasker-Schüler addresses the educational and cultural philosopherErnst Akiba Simon (1899–1988) who emigrated from Berlin to Jerusalem in 1928 and became the inspiration for the Lasker-Schüler's love poems after 1935, although their relationship remained platonic.

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»To Ernest of Yesteryear«

»My People« from »Hebrew Ballads«

The manuscript of the poem »My People« shows Lasker-Schülers early approach to the situation of Jews in Germany during this period. This version differs from the published version, which is part of the published collection »Hebrew Ballads« (1913). The copy displayed here was dedicated to Lucie von Goldschmidt-Rothschild.

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»My People« from Hebrew Ballads

Galley proof for »The Land of the Hebrews«

»The Land of the Hebrews« (1937), a fanstastical piece of travel literature, was inspired by Else Lasker-Schüler's visit to Palestine in 1934. The handwritten comments on this galley proof reflect the poet's great concern with accuracy and idiosyncratic spelling.

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Galley proof for The Land of the Hebrews

»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 fanstastical 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

»Homesickness«

The poem »Homesickness« forms part of Else Lasker-Schüler's poetry volume »My Miracles« (1911). In October 1912, the poet sent this autograph copy to Paul Zech, who had written a review of »My Miracles«for the journal »Saturn« a few months earlier.

»Homesickness«

»Homesickness«

»Homesickness«

»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

»To Ernest of Yesteryear«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Jerusalem, 1942
Manuscript
Pencil on Paper.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»My People« from Hebrew Ballads

Else Lasker-Schüler
1913
Manuscript
Manuscript copy differs from the published volume. With dedication to Lucie von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and bookplate Lucy Spiegl. 11 sheets, bound, with drawings.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

Galley proof for The Land of the Hebrews

Else Lasker-Schüler
Zurich, 1934
Print with autograph annotations
Galley proof with annotations.
NLI, Else Lasker-Schüler Archive

»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

»Homesickness«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 17.10.1912
Manuscript
Autograph copy, with drawing and a dedication to Paul Zech on verso.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection

»Homesickness«

Else Lasker-Schüler
Berlin, 17.10.1912
Manuscript
Autograph copy, with drawing and a dedication to Paul Zech on verso.
DLA, Else Lasker-Schüler Collection
Image: Courtesy of the NLI Jerusalem
KORR - Rechte mit Nachlassverwalter geklärt
Image: Courtesy of the DLA Marbach
Image: Courtesy of the NLI Jerusalem
Image: Courtesy of the NLI Jerusalem; Copyright S.Y. Agnon Family
Image: Courtesy of the NLI Jerusalem
Image: Courtesy of the NLI Jerusalem
Image: Courtesy of the DLA Marbach
Image: Courtesy of the DLA Marbach
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