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