• E. T. A. Hoffmann, Kapellmeister Kreisler in Insanity (Berlin, February 1822). Drawing for the first edition of The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, volume 3. Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Art.f.23ga. Photo: Gerald Raab.

Kapellmeister Kreisler in Insanity, drawing

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • This drawing by Hoffmann of himself as Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler dancing and smoking a long pipe illustrates Hoffmann’s typical blurring of the boundaries between intoxication, madness, and inspiration.

    See book: p. 9, 10; figure 1

Creator Role
  • Performing Arts
  • February 1822
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