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“O warum wurde ich mit einem anderen Gesicht geboren". Meidner und Blake (“O why was I born with a different face’: Meidner and Blake).

Erle, S. (2018) “O warum wurde ich mit einem anderen Gesicht geboren". Meidner und Blake (“O why was I born with a different face’: Meidner and Blake). In: Ludwig Meidner: Expressionismus, Ekstase, Exil / Ludwig Meidner: Exile, Ecstacy, Expressionism. Gebr. Mann Verlag; Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Frankfurt, Berlin, pp. 233-256. ISBN 9783786127840

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Abstract

Meidner’s decision to leave Germany was reinforced when Selbstbildnis (Self-Portrait) from 1912 as well as two drawings were included in the Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich in 1937. Though his isolation in his English exile is often presented as complete, he reached out to William Blake (1757–1827). In most of the writing on Meidner’s exile, which means that the connection is reduced to biographical affinities (vision, poverty, and neglect). This essay, consequently, argues that Meidner’s relations to Blake run deeper than previously assumed. These relations, moreover, cannot be limited to the fourteen years in London because Meidner says that he knew of Blake when in Germany and continued to take an interest after he left England in 1953. This essay discusses Blake’s presence in Meidner’s life and attempts to reevaluate responses with regard to the evidence (Blake-related books and images) to explain how Blake’s influence can be understood.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Sibylle Erle
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 10:35
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/334

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