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Sylvia von Harden

Sylvia von Harden

German journalist
Sylvia von Harden
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Quick Facts

Intro German journalist
Was Journalist Writer Model Poet
From Germany
Type Fashion Journalism Literature
Gender female
Birth 28 March 1894, Hamburg, Germany
Death 4 June 1963, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom (aged 69 years)
Star sign Aries
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Biography

Sylvia von Harden (March 28, 1894 – June 4, 1963), also called Sylvia von Halle, was a German journalist and poet. During her career as a journalist, she wrote for many newspapers in Germany and England. She is perhaps best known as the subject of a painting by Otto Dix.

Life

Born Sylvia von Halle in Hamburg, von Harden (she chose the name as an aristocratic pseudonym) wrote a literary column for the monthly Das junge Deutschland ("The young Germany") from 1918 to 1920, and wrote for Die Rote Erde ("The red Earth") from 1919 to 1923. From 1915 to 1923, she lived with the writer Ferdinand Hardekopf, with whom she had a son. During the 1920s she lived in Berlin, and published two volumes of poetry in 1920 and 1927.

She was famously portrayed in Otto Dix's painting entitled "Bildnis der Journalistin Sylvia von Harden" (Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926). An ambivalent image of the New Woman, it depicts von Harden with bobbed hair and monocle, seated at a cafe table with a cigarette in her hand and a cocktail in front of her. This painting is recreated in the opening and closing scenes of the 1972 film Cabaret.

In 1959, von Harden wrote an article, "Erinnerungen an Otto Dix" ("Memories of Otto Dix"), in which she described the genesis of the portrait. Dix had met her on the street, and declared:

'I must paint you! I simply must! ... You are representative of an entire epoch!'
'So, you want to paint my lacklustre eyes, my ornate ears, my long nose, my thin lips; you want to paint my long hands, my short legs, my big feet—things which can only scare people off and delight no-one?'
'You have brilliantly characterized yourself, and all that will lead to a portrait representative of an epoch concerned not with the outward beauty of a woman but rather with her psychological condition.'

The painting, an important example of the New Objectivity movement, is now in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

In 1933, von Harden left Germany for self-exile in England, where she continued to write but with less success. In an article she wrote for the refugee newspaper Die Zeitung in April 1943, she described "her shift work in a factory and, in the exalted tones that were common in wartime publications of the sort, claimed to have been made to feel part of the family there". She died in Croxley Green, England, in 1963.

Works

  • (with Leo Scherpenbach): Die Bücherkiste: Monatsschrift für Literatur, Graphik und Buchbesprechung. Munich: Bachmair 1919-1921 (Reprinted: Nendeln/Liechtenstein: Kraus 1977)
  • Verworrene Städte (1920)
  • Robespierre: Eine Novelle. (ca. 1924)
  • Die italienische Gondel: Gedichte (1927)
  • Das Leuchtturmmädchen von Longstone. 1958 (Jugendbuchreihe Silberstern Nr. 74)
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http://www.the-art-minute.com/otto-dix-and-bob-fosse-together-at-last/
https://d-nb.info/gnd/116464860
http://isni.org/isni/0000000026059917
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n87934901
https://snaccooperative.org/ark:/99166/w6dh0qw2
https://viaf.org/viaf/8140205
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/8140205
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