A soldier in a lunatic asylum. Lithograph by Conrad Felixmüller, 1918.
- Felixmüller, Conrad, 1897-1977.
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A man seated in a cell, holding a letter in one hand and clasping the window bars with the clenched fingers of his other hand
Felixmüller 18 Soldat im Irrenhaus/ II. FM. Lithographie.
[Weimar] : [Gustav-Kiepenheuer Verlag], 
[Edition of 100 impressions as published in Die Schaffenden].
1 print : lithograph ; image 33.5 x 27 cm
Wellcome Library no. 46958i
"Around 1917 Felixmüller developed an increasingly dynamic pictorial space, divided up into facets as if exploding ... In works depicting Felixmüller's vision of life at the end of World War I, fragmented angles, sharp-edged distorted forms and the meshing of foreground and background evoke the impression of torment, disturbance and conflict" (The dictionary of art, New York 1996, vol 10, pp. 868-869), all of which may be applied to the present work
Work produced after the artist's four-week service as a hospital orderly in the Arnsdorf lunatic asylum which had been taken over as a military hospital (Barth, loc. cit.) The experience was described by Felixmüller in Menschen, loc. cit., and quoted in the following later sources: C. Felixmüller, 'Conrad Felixmüller: von ihm, über ihn', ed. by G. Söhn, Düsseldorf 1977, pp. 15-20; Barth, loc. cit.; and Schrei in die Welt, Berlin 1988, pp. 116-120
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