Um eine Seele – About a soul – Sobre una ànima

Having some beautiful angel by one’s side, defending you against hellish claimers –even when it is too late for joy–, does not seem a trifle.

Sascha Schneider painted this oil below: “Um eine Seele” two times, in 1920 and 1922. I do not know which version is this one I’m posting, nor where it is kept, if it still survives. Anyway, it deserves to be better known and appreciated for its merit and expressive power; very few pieces of visual art have ever gripped me so suddenly.

Vora una ànima - Sascha Schneider, 1920/22
About a soul – Sascha Schneider – 1920 or 1922


At least, two variations on the same theme were made by this German-Russian artist at different epochs: an engraving in 1904 for the cover of a novel by his friend Karl May (“Im Reiche des silbernen Loewen III”), which I show below, and a second one to illustrate the same work (which I do not show, since I lack a decent copy).

Engraving by Sascha Schneider, 1904

Caption means: In the realm of the silver lion — Al reialme del lleó d’argent (in Catalan)


15 thoughts on “Um eine Seele – About a soul – Sobre una ànima

  1. Hello, Sweetie.
    I find it interesting that only the LEFT wing is shown in either of these pieces. I wonder if that meant something specific to the artists? I also find it a bit curious that one of the “demons” is what appears to be a gorilla. Oh, the questions I would love to ask in person!
    Be well, my sweet! 🐞🌟💖❤💛💚💙💜

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    1. Hey, Liz 🙂
      That’s very insightful of you. I had not realised it, but it could be deliberate, since that man -a gay man in unfriendly times for them- was politically leftist -or even anarchist; but Christian, and so, the devilish gorilla may also come from it, or be a general prejudice of those times.
      I do fight for wellness, yes… And the best is I do have some warmth around quite often –no moneys, but cuddles and laughs 🙂
      I also hope you’re well or better (despite the old ailments and newer strains you have as a student). Thank you so much, again, for being so sweet and delicate with me ! 🙂 🌟💖❤💛💚💙💜🌟


      1. Hello, Lovely Ladybug!
        Hmm – I hadn’t thought of that, that it might have been political. There’s often times talk of the “good” angel on one shoulder and the “bad” demon on the other – and I *think* they’re always represented as left and right, respectively? Maybe it’s just in cartoons it shows up that way.
        I can completely see how a gorilla could be used to represent another prejudice, sadly. I do like that even with the nudity, and the line that could be a penis, both of the angels seem asexual. I might be overthinking this some.
        Cuddles and laughs are better than money, my love – they aren’t taxable! They may not buy the groceries, but they make the lack of them less painful.
        I’m in place… sheltering, wondering when this plague will end, and what will come out of it.

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        1. HI !!
          I agree my point is not much likely; poorly thought… As for yours, I did not know it –so we learn something new every day 🙂 !
          I believe you’re overthinking that thing on the “asexuality” of these angels, LIz. To me, and I’m sure to the paineter as well, they (always androgine boys he drew from real models) are quite sexual beyond their delicate beauty.
          Some love (or just sex) and joy are very much better than money if you have money enough to pay the bills –happily I, we, are still able to buy the groceries (and also some lube and hygienic wipes :))
          I thank you a lot again for your sympathy !! 🌟💖❤💛💚💙💜 With real thigh hugs and a good kiss !

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          1. Greetings, Lovely!
            Learning is how we become our better selves, it implies that our brains are not so atrophied that there is “nothing new under the sun”. I love being curious!
            Ah, I didn’t know they used real models – although if I’d actually thought about it, it would have been perfectly clear! It amazed me how lovely these models are – gender etc aside – I see them as being the ethereal beings they are presented as. neither of this world or another.
            I’m glad that you are in a place where you are getting some of the things you need – it’s been too long. Know that I’m sending you much love, and hopes for a far better future.

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            1. This below is a good sample of his models (boys who attended his quite private “gymnasium”: one very much after the ancient Greek style and utility…)

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                1. I don’t think it was -at least quite often-, as it seldom is between a young teen and an elder with money and means to exchange for favors. Even if I like his art, I dislike the author (this seems the norm, anyway… :/ )


                  1. Ah, yeah… That does change the whole outlook, doesn’t it? It’s ugly when coercion and manipulation are the structure of any type of relationship. It’s damned hard to respect someone who is abusive.

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  2. Hey sis, I apologize for not being as active on here as in the recent past. I was diagnosed with diabetes last spring and despite the fact I am still in the infancy stages as far as this dreaded disease is concerned, I have had to make a number of adjustments and lifestyle changes regarding physical health and stress management. I am getting back into the habit of reading and posting on WordPress again, and will even get around to sharing what being a diabetic has done for me in terms of taking some things in life more seriously. I have lost somewhere in the area of 60 pounds over the past year, and I am very cautious about what I put into my body, not that I never was, but just even more careful now. You will hear from me more often, and I hope you are well. God bless you and your dear sister. Hope to hear from you soon!!!

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    1. Hi, John ! Nice to meet you again, even if you are unwell. I’m sorry for this, more so being a chronic disease –or so I assume. Losing all that weight is something indeed ! , but surely your heart is happier now. I too am always vigilant about this, eating less the older I grow.
      Thanks a lot for your superkind wishes, and glad to know you will be blogging again a bit. I’m not active online nowadays, since it became addictive and my sight was paying the bill.
      I hope everything else about you and
      your family is OK, and I look forward to hearing more news from you when you wish to share them.
      A warm hug and all best wishes from here !! Kiss.

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      1. Hey sis, how has everything been? I am managing my health well recently. I had an MRI done a couple of weeks ago and found out I have 2 bulging discs in my neck, so I am getting ready for physical therapy instead of surgery. I would be ok with surgery, but they didn’t think that was necessary at this time. Everything is moving forward. My dad passed away suddenly last month after having a seizure and falling at home. I always had a feeling when it was his time that a seizure would play a role. With both parents now gone, it makes the holidays a bit more awkward. Hope all is well with you, sis. God bless, and take care!!!!


        1. Hi John ! I am very sorry you lost your dad; so suddenly. And with your mother already gone, that must have been worse. I do know from old this kind of loneliness. As for your personal health, ouch… both of us are getting old, and the body begins to fail — first one thing and then another and then none for a while, but then several at once. It doesn’t seem fair. I just hope this therapy you say is working well, or, better, you are already all right. I’ve had no true holidays, because I’m living alone and withdrawn, and all seasons –and every single week– just feel alike –always rather sad and gloomy. Aside from this general feeling, I do not complain; I keep a home, and I can read, and watch an unusually starred sky where I live, and eat twice every day. And sleep a lot 🙂 That’s very much indeed in this world. Bless you too, and be well ! 💐 🕯


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