Graphic Art in Weimar Berlin: The Case of Jeanne Mammen

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by Suzanne Nicole Royal
A Dissertation Presented to the
Published: 2007

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Suzanne Nicole Royal writes about her dissertation: “My dissertation examines the myths and realities of the New Woman in Weimar Germany (1918-1933) using the artwork of Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) as a case study. Mammen’s work, like that of other, numerous female Weimar era artists, has been all but forgotten. (…) Women in general and female artists in particular are frequently marginalized for not being modern enough, to paraphrase the title of a recent study by Marsha Meskimmon. Their art making has come to be regarded either as a hobby or as mere illustration, a category which falls under the rubric of craft rather than the fine arts.However, by examining the artistic production of the period more closely, one finds that women artists worked in a myriad of ways as successful, producing artists.; My dissertation historically situates the neue Frau by examining her against such popular Weimar subjects as rationalization, the new visibility of women, the women’s movement, as well as the figure of the prostitute. Within these contexts, I examine Mammen’s fine art production, her work for the popular press, and her book commissions. (…)”

The dissertation is illustrated by artworks of Jeanne Mammen. German artist Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) is renown for her graphics, including nude and semi-nude female figures made for gay and lesbian periodicals in 1920s and 1930s.

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Lesbian Art Herstory – Jeanne Mammen


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Lesbian Art Herstory – Jeanne Mammen

Weimar – Jeanne Mammen by f.fiorellino

Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) watercolorist, painter, printmaker was born in Berlin, grew up in Paris where she got her fine arts education, and she lived most of her adult life in Berlin.

“Working in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s, Jeanne Mammen (1890-1976) produced graphics, including nude and semi-nude female figures, for gay and lesbian periodicals. With the coming to power of the anti-gay Nazis, the queer side of Mammen’s illustrating career ended.” (…)

‘”For lesbian and other feminist magazines published in the free environment of 1920s Berlin, Jeanne Mammen created numerous illustrations of the women’s club “scene,” which prominently featured lesbian sex workers.” –

In the spring of 1933, the Nazi press labeled Mammen’s artwork as “Jewish” and banned publication of her series of eight lithographs illustrating Peter Louys’ “Les Chansons de Bilitis,” an exploration of lesbian love.

The blog Butch in Progress has published a post titled Jeanne Mammen (1890 – 1976) with a series of Jeanne Mammens lovely illustrations of lesbian life in Berlin.

Jeanne Mammen - Selected Bibliography
“Ich möchte eine Mönchskutte haben”: Askese im symbolistischen Frühwerk von Jeanne Mammen by Carolin Leistenschneider (Jul 2010), Ibidem-Verlag (July 2010), ISBN-10: 3838200535, ISBN-13: 978-3838200538

Jeanne Mammen, 1890–1976: Monographie und Werkverzeichnis. Jörn Merkert ed., Cologne: Wienand, 1997.

Jeanne Mammen: Aquarelle.Gustav Petermann Druckerei (1971), ASIN: B0050JQCJO

JEANNE MAMMEN, 1890-1976: GEMALDE, AQUARELLE, ZEICHNUNGEN. by Klara et al. Drenker-Nagels. Wienand (1997). ISBN-10: 3927873519, ISBN-13: 978-3927873513

Jeanne Mammen, 1890-1976 (Bildende Kunst in Berlin, Band 5) by JEANNE-MAMMEN-GESELLSCHAFT, Cantz (1978). ASIN: B0011GLWFE

Jeanne Mammen, 1890-1976: Monographie und Werkverzeichnis by Jeanne Mammen.
Wienand (1997). ISBN-10: 3879094691, ISBN-13: 978-3879094691

Jeanne Mammen, 1890-1976: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Lithographien (Schriftenreihe der Hans Thoma-Gesellschaft). Georg Reinhardt. ASIN: B0000EAPPT

Three Berlin Artists of the Weimar Era: Hannah Hock Kathe Kollwitz Jeanne Mammen,
Edmundson Art Foundation (Jun 1994)
ISBN-10: 1879003104, ISBN-13: 978-1879003101

Related links
Jeanne Mammen (1890 – 1976) by the blog Butch in Progress with a series of Jeanne Mammens illustrations of lesbian nightlife in Berlin.

Music video: A nostalgic tango by German composer Friedrich HOLLÄNDER (1896-1976) and Die Weintraubs: Marion-Tango, 1928, illustrated with a slide show of Jeanne Mammen’s drawings.