I was startled to read in the news today about the paintings of Charlotte Salomon, a “German-born artist” who was killed, “while pregnant,” by the Nazis in 1943 “at only age 26” in “the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”
According to the news article, which you can read in full here:
German-born artist Charlotte Salomon created more than 1,300 gouache paintings in her short life. It was remarkable enough in its own right, but even more so considering her dire circumstances.
After I read this, I had to look up the meaning of the word Gouache, because I thought that the painting which was shown, along with the article, was “gauche” or an example of Degenerate art.
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, gauche means “crudely made or done.” To me, that describes Ms. Salomon’s art. Sorry, but I am not a fan of Gouache.
I previously blogged about Degenerate Art on this blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/entartete-kunst-degenerate-art/
According to the news article:
The majority of her paintings completed between 1941 and 1943 were created while hiding from the Nazis in the south of France…” […]
In the early years of World War II, Salomon fled to the south of France, holing up in a hotel room where she spent two years tirelessly painting the history of her life. That history included a body of more than 1,300 drawn and expressively-colored gouache paintings conceived as a sort of autobiographical operetta on paper. […]
By all accounts, the power of her work is not only in viewing the expressive individual pieces but experiencing them as a gestalt, which the museum exhibition makes possible.
The meaning of Gestalt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt
I looked up Charlotte Salomon on Wikipedia, and found that the exact date of her death is known: October 10, 1943.
This means the end of Holocaust denial. Apparently, the Nazis DID record the names of the Jews who were gassed, along with the dates, contrary to what Bradley Smith has been trying to tell us. Bradley maintains that the names of the Jews, who were gassed, are unknown, but what does he know?
This quote, which gives the date of Charlotte Salomon’s death in the gas chamber, is from Wikipedia:
Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 – October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theater?: A Song-play) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis.