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Observations
from the first Months of World War I

Linke, Oscar (writer + editor, theater critique, 1854 – Weimar 1928). Autograph letter of Nov. 13, 1914, with letterhead editor’s office of Weimarische Landeszeitung Deutschland. 1 page.

To Franz Hermann Meißner, art writer and director of the Sedan Panorama, Berlin C, Panoramastraße 1.

“ Dear friend! Much to my regret I can’t use your beautiful essay, which I personally enjoyed with highest pleasure like caviar and Burgundy, for our newspaper. You don’t know the ‘genius’ Weimar … Personally I now (?) have hard duty: ½ 6 getting up, 1 ½ hours rest, then till 7 o’clock in the evening, often afterwards still theatre with following … But what one doesn’t do pro patria! / All my five nephews are in the field. How is your boy? And many else of the relations … / Bad bad times – when will they end? … Your ‘immortal’ Oscar / Send me a Klinger copy, review (?) follows by return! ”

MEISSNER (1863 Berlin 1925) authored beside works of splendor on Klinger and Hermann Prell’s murals in the Palazzo Cassarelli in Rome monographs on Tiepolo, Veronese, Dürer, and Holbein II and within the series Das Künstlerbuch published by him on, i. a., Klinger, Stuck, Thoma, Böcklin, Uhde, Defregger, and Menzel. As director of the joint-stock company of the zoological gardens he later “deserved outstandingly of the development of this favorite institution of the Berliners” (B.Z. am Mittag of Dec. 5, 1913, quoted from Oliver Ohmann, Berlin 1913). – Supposedly referring to Max Klinger: Radierungen, Zeichnungen, Bilder und Skulpturen.

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(Herr W. S., 29. August 2002)