There are many anecdotes to relate about Else Lasker-Schueler, the famous German poet and artist, painter and self-proclaimed “Prince of Thebes”: she was already able to read and write at the age of four, she gave her lovers and companions imagined names, she was a close friend to the renowned painter Marianne von Werefkin etc.
This is a postcard sent by the artist to Franz Marc.
Else Lasker-Schueler began soon to enjoy imbuing her literary cosmos with her drawings: she brought Tibetan bridal couples, holding a monkey by the hand, to paper; in this illustration Prince Jussuff is riding through the desert on a camel. It is no coincidence that the prince resembles her, with his dark bob and harem pants, he is Else Lasker-Schueler’s alter ego and yet at the same time in a double meaning still also prince charming.
Here’ is one of her poems: «Weltende» (The end of the world)
«Es ist ein Weinen in der Welt,
als ob der liebe Gott gestorben wär,
und der bleierne Schatten, der niederfällt,
Komm, wir wollen uns näher verbergen …
Das Leben liegt in aller Herzen
wie in Särgen.
Du, wir wollen uns tief küssen …
Es pocht eine Sehnsucht an die Welt,
an der wir sterben müssen»
what: Else Lasker-Schueler, Jussuf prince Tiba, a postard to Franz Marc, 1913
where: Schirn Museum, Frankfurt, Sturm Frauen, Female Artists of the Avant-Garde in Berlin, 1910- 1932, Temporary exhibition (30/10/2015-5/2/2016)