Karl Stauffer-Bern


c. 1885-90,

chalk on paper


Karl Stauffer-Bern (Trubschachen 1857-1891 Florenz)

Self-Portrait with Head Bowed

chalk on coarse chamois-colored paper

50 x 39 cm

c. 1885-90

monogrammed lower right: St. B.

Karl Stauffer-Bern
"Der Tod und der Pfaffe" ("Death and the Priest")
autograph poem
ink on paper
at the top, the stamp of the Directorate of Prisons in Florence ("Direzione delle Carceri di Firenze") 
The Daulton Collection 

The Daulton Collection contains ten autograph poems about death that Karl Stauffer-Bern composed while in prison in Florence, only ten months before his own death by suicide; the collection also contains the signed, autograph letter, dated March 19, 1890, also written in prison, sending these poems to his friend, the Swiss editor Albert Fleiner.  Some of these poems about death, including "Der Tod und der Pfaffe," were published posthumously in Familienbriefe und Gedichte von Karl Stauffer-Bern (Leipzig: Verlag der Sueddeutschen Monatshefte, 1914); see pages 393-403.



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California