Ft. Lauderdale, FL: [ND but 2018]. Artist's book, one of 4 copies in the series, signed by the artist and numbered on the bottom of the last page, "Dorothy Krause." Page size: 7.25 (H) x 5.25(W) inches; 12pp. Bound by the artist: drum leaf binding in black watered silk over boards with title in red lettering on paper label on front cover, housed in black board lidded box with title in red on paper on front cover and another on spine.
The text is by the arist who has deftly summed up the tragic life of this beautiful woman. It reads, in part:
'Sisi was born in Munich in 1837. At the age of 15 was married to her cousin the Hapsburg Emperor Franz Joseph. Although the Emperor was very much in love with Sisi, she was stifled by the protocol of the court and wrote in her diary, 'I have awakened in a dungeon, with chains on my hands...' Sisi was an especially beautiful woman, but had health issues that were attributed to tuberculosis but may have been caused by syphilis, presumably contracted from her husband... At age 61, on a street in Geneva, Sisi was stabbed by an anarchist. No one realized the extent of the injury and she subsequently died.'
The artist has selected familiar images of this beautiful woman and placed them on a red painted and copied ground with text lettered in black veering off to white surrounding and overlapping the full-page images. The result is a poignant memorial to legendary woman, the most recent in a series of films, opera, ballet, play and musical. Item #11368