Der blaue Reiter ist da – a Beautiful Phrase, Five Words – Nothing But Stars. Letters exchanged between Else Lasker-Schüler and Franz Marc, a Cross-Border

The private and public letters exchanged between Else Lasker-Schüler and Franz Marc takes place in various sign systems. Painting is in dialogue with language. This paper examines on which levels the media meet. Based on the correspondence of the poet with the painter, the following aspects will be looked at:

  • Structures of language and painting in the respective other medium, boundaries of literature and paintings, acting together of both sign systems
  • Masks and symbols: Animals, symbolism of colours in love, religion
  • A dialogue in Expressionism
  • Setting boundaries, dissolving boundaries: Overlapping of life and work, abolishment of gender polarisation, spaces, bodies, utopias, overcoming death