Illustrations:  Anita Rée, Affenschrank / Monkey Wardrobe, 1932

“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape.”
Desmond Morris

This unusual piece of art aroused my special attention last year as part of a complete retrospective about Anita Rée at Hamburger Kunsthalle. It does look quite familiar to me.



    • The artist not so well-known in Germany! She got real problems in the Nazi-Reich due to her art and Jewish ancestors, left Hamburg in 1932 to live some time on the island of Sylt quite isolated, then subsequently committed suicide in 1933. Good that she is not completely forgotten!

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      • I didn’t know her. So many people took their own life in those dark days. Walter Benjamin or Stefan Zweig just to name a few. 😦
        But thank you for the introduction. I won’t forget her. She was a talented artist.

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    • Ah, interessanter Hinweis, deswegen hat es mich wahrscheinlich auch so angesprochen. Die Künstlerin hat sich selbst nur längere Zeit in Italien aufgehalten und natürlich in Hamburg. Diese späte Arbeit ist auch ehr untypisch in Ihrem Gesamtwerk.


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