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Pauline Amalie Dohn (1865 – 1934)

Posted by A. S. Amberson on October 27, 2012

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The Seeker – I Sent My Soul Through The Invisible

5 Responses to “Pauline Amalie Dohn (1865 – 1934)”

  1. Bruce said

    Well, we know that “I Sent My Soul Through The Invisible” is from a poem by Omar Khayyám, a Persian philospher, mathematician, astronomer, and poet from the 11th and 12th Centuries:

    “I sent my soul through the invisible,
    some letter of that afterlife to spell;
    and by and by my soul returned to me,
    and answered, ‘I myself am Heav’n and Hell’.”

    We also know that Khayyám was an agnostic, which explains the poem. What we don’t know is what this has to do with “The Seeker” by Pauline Amelie Dohn. I wonder if the painting was autobiographical.

    • Charles Rudolph said

      Yes she took it from the poem. Most of her paintings were somewhat autobiographical.

    • Charles Rudolph said

      BTW the artist was a follower of Horace J. Bridges’ Ethical Movement, sometimes called “ethical humanism”. I have an address Bridges gave at her memorial.

  2. Charles Rudolph said

    Believe Middle name is spelled, “Amalie” rather than with an “e”. Also she is sometimes listed under her married name, “Pauline Dohn Rudolph”

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