Marianne Raschig

Hand-Prints,

ink on paper,

mainly Berlin,1920s

 
The Daulton Collection owns one of the world's largest archives of the celebrity hand-prints taken by chirologist Marianne Raschig in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s.  The archive contains many hand-prints of well-known artists of the day, including, among others, the symbolist artist Fidus.

During the first four decades of the 20th century, especially in the Interbellum period, hand-reading in Germany saw a burst of interest.  This interest was a part of the general interest in esotericism (the German occult), psychology, and parapsychology at that time, ideas that captured the imagination of many visual artists.

Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938) was perhaps the leading palm-reader in Germany between the two World Wars. She collected a substantial archive of hand-prints, usually signed by the subjects themselves, offering a fine conspectus of famous men and women in Berlin, mainly during the 1920s. Raschig's work was a highly organized and concentrated study in personality as revealed by hand-lines. Her classic book, Hand und Persönlichkeit. Einführung in das System der Handlehre (1931), contains 158 plates of photographic negatives, based on her hand-prints, together with her analyses of the results. It has been a source of information for palmists ever since. 


The Daulton Collection's archive consists of approximately 700 of Raschig's original hand-prints of artists, sculptors, musicians, singers, writers, actors, filmmakers, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities, collected during the first half of the 20th century, mainly in the 1920s.  The collection is assembled in seven ring-binders, each example with brief printed biographical details.  This is a partial list of the persons represented in the archive:


Artists: Lovis Corinth, Charlotte Behrend-Corinth, Ernst Böhm, Max Esser, Fidus, George Grosz, Karl Hofer, Georg Kolbe, Max Liebermann, Emil Orlik, Leonid Pasternak, Max Pechstein, Emil Rudolf Weiß, and Heinrich Zille.


Writers, actors and directors: Alfred Döblin, Max Friedländer, Franz Wallner, Oscar Bie, René Clair, Emil Geyer, Gerhard Lamprecht, Fritz Lang, Seymour Nebenzahl, Carl Opitz, Leni Riefenstahl, Josef von Sternberg, Friedrich Zelnik, Vera Baranovskaya, Lilia Harvey, Eugen Klöpfer, Peter Lorrie, Jean Moreau, and Mark Sorkin.


Musicians and singers: Pasquale Amato, Louis Armstrong, Claudio Arrau, Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Dusolina Giannini, Bronislaw Hubermann, Maria Ivogün, Emmerich Kálmán, Frida Leider, Lauritz Melchior, Karl Muck, Siegfried Ochs, Hans Pfitzner, Heinrich Schlusnus, Artur Schnabel, Meta Seinemeyer, Margarete Siems, Richard Tauber, Tamara Karsavina, and Igor Stravinsky.


References:


Marianne Raschig, Hand und Personlichkeit: Einfürung in das System der Handlehre [Hand and Personality: An Introduction to the System of Hand Theory], 2 Vols. (Hamburg: Gebrüder Enoch Verlag, 1931).


Alexandra Helena Maria Nagel, "The Psychochirologist Julius Spier and the Art of Reading Hands during the Interbellum," English summary of doctoral dissertation defended at Leiden University on January 29, 2020, pg. 6 referencing Marianne Raschig.  https://www.academia.edu/41796217


Elenor Ling, Suzanne Reynolds, and Jane Munro, The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces (Cambridge: The Fitzwilliams Museum, 2020), pgs. 128-130 (discussion of Marianne Raschig).


Alexandra Nagel, "The Hands of Albert Einstein: Einstein's Involvement with Hand Readers and a Dutch Psychic," Correspondences 9, no. 1 (2021), pgs. 1-39.



Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin), 

also known as  Marianne Raschig-Körner


Hand-Prints of artist Emil Rudolf Weiß (German, 1875-1942)

1926

ink on paper

approx. 23 x 17 cm

each signed and dated by the artist: "E. R. Weiß  13.I.1926"

one stamped upper left: "M. Raschig's Handarchiv."

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Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin)

Hand und Personlichkeit: Einfürung in das System der Handlehre [Hand and Personality: An Introduction to the System of Hand Theory]

Hamburg: Gebrüder Enoch Verlag, 1931

2 Volumes (text and photographs, respectively)

24 x 17 cm

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A Dutch artist, César Domela (Amsterdam 1900-1992 Paris), designed the striking dust jackets.  Domela was a member of the De Stijl  movement and a co-founder of the "der ring neuer werbegestalter" ["Ring or Circle of New/Modern Advertising Designers"], an association of leading designers and topographers organized by Kurt Schwitters in 1927.

Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin)

Hand-Prints of artist George Grosz (German, 1893-1959)

1928

ink on paper

approx. 23 x 17 cm

each signed and dated by the artist: "George Grosz 30.4.28"

one stamped upper left: "M. Raschig's Handarchiv."

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Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin)

Hand-Print, left, of jazz musician Louis Armstrong (American, 1901-1971)

1928

ink on paper

approx. 23 x 17 cm

signed and dated lower right by the subject

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Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin)

Hand-Print, left, of French filmmaker René Clair (1898-1981)

1930

ink on paper

approx. 23 x 17 cm

signed and dated lower right by the subject: "Rene Clair  16-8-30" (dated possibly by another hand)

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Marianne Raschig (1874-c. 1938, active Berlin)

Hand-Print, left, of racing driver Clärenore Stinnes (Clairenore Stinnes)

(German, 1901-1990)

1929

ink on paper

approx. 23 x 17 cm

signed and dated lower right by the subject: "Clärenore Stinnes 24. Sept. 1929"

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From 1927 to 1929, racing driver Clärenore Stinnes (Clairenore Stinnes) was the first person to circumnavigate the world in a series-produced passenger car.

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