Eavesdropper on an Age
Ludwig Meidner in Exile
Distributed for Hirmer Publishers
Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Meidner’s death, Eavesdropper on an Age collects the sketchbooks, watercolors, and charcoal and chalk drawings the artist created during his years in exile between 1939 and 1953. Produced under intensely difficult conditions, the scenes of war and disaster, death and destruction record with astonishing accuracy the shocks that reverberated throughout Meidner’s time. At the same time, Meidner’s often grotesquely absurd drawings powerfully condense stories of persecution while offering candid direct commentary, including mordant caricatures of the Nazis.
Combining more than two hundred full-color illustrations—including many never-before published works—with contributions by art historians, curators, and critics, Eavesdropper on an Age is a just tribute to this important artist of exile.
Foreword— Birgitta Wolff
Preface and Acknowledgements— Manfred Groβkinsky
“The paintings are fueled by my own blood and my own nerves.” Ludwig Meidner between Expressionism and Exile— Martina Padberg
“The Internal Images.” Ludwig Meidner’s Allegories, Visions and Humoresques from his Exile in England—Erik Riedel
Ludwig Meidner: Exile, Creativity and Holocaust Awareness—Shulamith Behr
“[…] You will curl up with madness and laughter!” Comments on Ludwig Meidner’s humoresque and grotesque scenes in exile—Birgit Möckel
List of abbreviations, Author abbreviations, Note regarding the exhibited works
Index of names