Friday, 17 June 2016

Book Review: Regine Sondermann: Nothing But Art

Nothing but Art. Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, 1899-1940

Author: Regine Sondermann 
Title: Nothing But Art
Genre: Art, Architecture And Photography, History Of Art And Architecture, Biography, Miscellaneous, Biographies, 

Where l got the book: The author contacted me through my blog asking me to review her first book and then asked me to review this one. I reviewed another book of Regine Sondermann. I really love her writing.

The author wrote this note in my book dedicated to Donna Chadwick who seems to be a passionate reader. 

First of all l would like to say a big thank you to Regine Sondermann for sending me this book and giving me the chance to read it. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad this book is on my bookshelf.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio even if you do not read books like this. I normally do not read books of this genre but l stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres. I am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

I highly recommend this book to anybody.

This book has 208 pages in it.

All of the images used in this book are from Elfriede Lohse-Wachtler's estate, From Elfriede Lohse-Wachtler freundeskreis, As well as from private collections. The author would like to thank Marianne and Rolf Rosowski for their friendly support and Fischer Kunsthandel and edition Berlin.

Translated by: 
Stephanie Von Nyssen, San Diego. 
Amy Gustafson, Magdeburg.
Cindy Opitz, Lowa City.

Synopsis: Nothing but art, Elfriede Lohse-Wachtler, 1899-1940, The Dresden artist Elfriede Lohse-Wachtler was one of the most important expressionistic figure. Her colleagues in Dresden and Hamburg appreciated her work and were impressed by her courage and creative energy (Otto Dix, Konrad Felixmuller, Raoul Hausmann). Financial hardship and serious romantic problems lead to the artist's mental health problems. As a psychiatric patient in Arnsdorf, She was declared incurably schizophrenic. In 1940, She was murdered under the national socialistic               "euthanasia" act in the gas chamber in Pirna Sonnenstein. 

Review: I found this book really easy to get in to. I love the pictures in this book. I can not put in to words how great this book is l would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great this book really is. I loved reading about Elfriede, her family and her painting. This book is so good. It did not take me long to read this book. I got this book in paperback but it is available in kindle edition. Hubert is Elfriede's younger brother who goes to visit his sister on his own because Elfriede's parents do not like what Elfriede doing. Her father wants her to get married and have kids by the sounds of it. Her mother wants peace between her husband and daughter. It is killing her not seeing her daughter. Her husband hates the life Elfriede living. Elfriede makes and sells lampshades Kurt Lohse sounds like he is using Elfriede for her money and he sounds like he wants to use her for sex too. I really enjoyed reading this storyline. When l was reading this book l would cuddle up with my cat (Oscar) which was so nice to be doing my favorite thing (reading) cuddling up to one of my favorite animals. This book will have you hooked and wanting more. I found this book hard to put down once l started reading it. This book is available in two languages. I was sad to finish this book. It is sad to read that if you have an abortion you could go to jail for five years. Elfriede does not want a baby yet because she can barely feed herself and her husband. She does not want to bring a baby in to the world for him/her to go hungry. If she keeps the baby she will have to give up work as the smell of the oil makes her feel sick and Elfriede knows her and Kurt are not ready for a baby right now. In the olden days it is wrong to abort a baby. I was sad to read that Elfriede was murdered (euthanasia) because she was declared as a incurably schizophrenic. It was also wrong for women to read books in the olden days. It was sad to read that Elfriede lost her baby and her husband cheated on her and got another woman pregnant. I am glad Elfriede left him she deserved better then somebody who used her for her money and cheats on her. Elfriede's parents did not like her husband. This is a great book. It was hard to put this book down once l started reading it. 

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars 

About The Author: The author, Regine Sondermann, gives the artist a voice. She describes Elfriede Lohse-Wachtler's life in a novel-like style and pulls the readers in to the middle of the German modern art scene. 

Regine Sondermann was born in 1965 in Nordlingen. She studied slavic studies, German philology, And political science in cologne and Berlin. Since 1996 she writes novels, Lyrics and prose. She lives with her family in Magdeburg. The author is really nice and kind she sent me two of her books. 

About The Book: I like the cover and the font. I like the Colours they are not too bright and not too dull.

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