So ist das Leben. 1929. Watercolor with opaque white over pencil. Signed and dated upper left. Margin with printing note "-19- Ulk S 5 " and with register marks. Verso three times with rhe artist's red address stamp and with number "229". On firm laid paper. 49 x 35 cm (19.2 x 13.7 in), size of sheet. [KD].
Brilliant satirical observation of the elegant world of the Berlin Westend.
PROVENANCE: Private collection England.
LITERATURE: Released in: Ulk, no. 21, 58th year, weekly supplement in Berliner Tageblatt, May 1929.
The upper class that had emerged in Germany in the 1920s enjoyed its privileges to the fullest despite all political turmoil. The beautiful young and emancipate woman is the symbol of this social class, almond-eyed, androgynous and unbelievably skinny. She is fully aware of all her freedom. She does sports, smokes, wears mans clothes and has a mundane and bored expression. Dodo x-rayed this social class like no other, showing both its sleek surface as well as the emptiness underneath. The illustration is inscribed as follows: " That's life: Lacoste always beat me - Froitzheim (Otto Froitzheim, 1884-1962, German tennis champion) was a friend of mine and now I'm married to a tennis ball producer weighing more than two hundred pounds".