• Southern Cross Review – Number 112, May/June 2017

    Southern Cross Review

    Number 112, May – June 2017


    "Nude With a Coral Necklace"

    “Nude With a Coral Necklace”


    August Macke (1887–1914) was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). He lived during a particularly innovative time for German art which saw the development of the main German Expressionist movements as well as the arrival of the successive avant-garde movements which were forming in the rest of Europe. In 1910, through his friendship with Franz Marc, Macke met Kandinsky and for a while shared the non-objective aesthetic and the mystical and symbolic interests of Der Blaue Reiter.


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    Dear Editor,

    I met Dr. Hableben during a working vacation in the Traslasierra valley, which means, literally, Beyond-the-mountains. The mountain range in question is just east of the Andes and about five hundred miles west of Buenos Aires. So much for geography. I include it in order to indicate that my encounter with him took place in a relatively remote part of the planet.

    I went to the Traslasierra at the invitation of a group of families who had fled the urban chaos of Buenos Aires and wanted to start an alternative school for their children. They felt that I, as an expert of sorts in alternative education and coordinator of a teacher-training seminar in Buenos Aires, could provide some of the knowledge and impetus they would need.

    During the course I gave and in various meetings with the aspiring school founders, I learned that the suggestion to found our kind of school came from “el doctor”, and that he was keen to meet me. In fact he invited me, in writing, to lunch with him at his house when I was finished with the group. His letter was formal, written in a spidery hand, and in German. I don’t know how he knew that I speak German and I never asked him.

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