Elsa Baroness von Freytag-Loringhoven

Born in Germany, she studied art in Dachau and later worked in New York City. She was an avant-garde artist, actress, and poet. Body Sweats, a collection of her poetry, was published posthumously in 2011. Dadaist royalty.  

"Why didst though go away from me? Say — why? art not enslaved by balmy wizardry out of mine jeweled eye? … musk — amber — myrrh and frankincense — gold — damask — ivory — mine gothic cathedral — is that upbuild in vain for thee — ?"

— “Cathedral”, Body Sweats


ARTICLES FEATURING ELSA

Thoroughly Modern Elsa

Since her rediscovery by scholars over a decade ago, photographs of the Baroness have become, in their way, as iconic of the era of Dada as any....

Thoroughly Modern Elsa


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