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3Nächtlicher Spaziergänger

ca 1940
Painting, tempera on cardboard, 100 x 70cm

Nächtlicher Spaziergänger

The ”Nächtlicher Spaziergänger” (Night walker) is a much gloomier image than ”Knabe mit Hund”. A man with a hat is passing a dark row of houses. Horizontal stripes pass through the fronts of the houses and parts of the face, hat, and clothing of the man. His face and chest are broken down into straight-edged forms and accentuated in lighter hues. They bear strong white, red and green tones, like the background. The man appears to stand in the light cast by a streetlamp. Green dominates his left side and red his right. His left eye has a green iris and is partially covered by a tired, drooping lid; his right eye is open, protrudes from his face and is looking to the right. The left side of his mouth is twisted upward, ironic. His collar is illuminated in red and partially obscured by a scarf or tie in white, red and green – also bearing the horizontal striped pattern. The twilight and dark background create a creepy mood.

You must always write: My paintings were achieved between 1890 and 1975. (...) Never ask when, because I live outside of time!

Quote from Jeanne Mammen 1890 – 1976, published by the Jeanne-Mammen-Gesellschaft in conjunction with the Berlinischen Galerie 1978, Edition Cantz Stuttgart – Bad Cannstatt, p.97