One can see that Martina was privately happy about being sexy or being classic, changing from personas ranging from lingerie, bland secretarial styles with white pumps to the mis-matched clothes of a house frau. While these pictures represent a private world now public, there is a sadness in these pictures, one of a man who reveled in his private performances of being his female alter ego Martina.
Max Beckmann (1884-1950): Woman w/ Mandolin in Yellow & Red, 1905 http://iffranco.tumblr.com/page/35
John James Audubon (1785–1851), Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor), Study for Havell pl. 39, 1822. Watercolor, graphite, gouache, and black ink with touches of black chalk and glazing on paper, laid on card; 18 5/8 x 11 11/16 in. (47.3 x 29.7 cm). New-York Historical Society, Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.39
These dreamy birds visit us each spring...they love our apple blossoms...so sweet...cedar waxwings
The Private World of Martina Kubelk The discovery of a photo album containing 99 pages and over 380 photographs, mostly Polaroids, is the subject of a new exhibition at Galerie Suzanne Zander in Cologne, Germany. Shown are images of a man in women’s clothes, photographed between January 1988 and July 1995. These self-portraits grant insight into the private world of Martina Kubelk, the pseudonym of a man unknown and deceased.