Do you suppose that mannish clothes And Turkish cigarette Make you a prize in young men’s eyes? No, no, not soon, nor yet. Leave all such joys to college boys. Get girlish, or too late You’ll find that men, choose girl girls when They’re looking for a mate.
Jeanne Mammen was one of the most talented artists and illustrators to emerge from Germany’s Weimar epoch (1919-1933), the period following World War I that culminated in the rise to power of the Nazis.
At a time when the predominant style was a frequently harsh and unflattering realism, Mammen dedicated her art to the gently satirical, sometimes sympathetic, representation of Berlin’s diverse constituencies, particularly the newly visible lesbian.