Emma Hauck

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Emma Hauck
Born(1878-04-14)14 April 1878
Ellwangen, Germany
Died1 April 1920(1920-04-01) (aged 41)
Heidelberg, Germany
Emma Hauck's letter titled Darling Come

Emma Hauck (14 August 1878 – 1 April 1920) was a German outsider artist.


Emma Hauck was born in Ellwangen, Germany on 14 August 1878.[1] In February 1909, she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital at the University of Heidelberg, diagnosed with dementia praecox.[2][3] While institutionalized, Hauck wrote a series of letters to her husband which later were considered to be artworks.[2][4] Hauck died on 1 April 1920 in Anstalt Wiesloch.[1] Her letters are held in the Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg.[5][6]


Hauck's letters were included in the 2000 exhibition The Prinzhorn Collection: Traces Upon the Wunderblock at the Drawing Center, New York.[7]

In 2000, the Brothers Quay directed the film In Absentia, documenting Hauck's letters.[8][9][10] It was included in the 2013 exhibition Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.[11]

In 2019, the Utah-based Pygmalion Theatre company produced the play Sweetheart Come based on Hauck's letters and her life story.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b Beyme, Ingrid von; Hohnholz, Sabine (27 March 2018). Vergissmeinnicht - Psychiatriepatienten und Anstaltsleben um 1900: Aus Werken der Sammlung Prinzhorn. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 9783662555323 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Usher, Shaun (2014). Letters of Note: Volume 1: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. Chronicle Books. p. 108. ISBN 9781452140865. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ Cooke, Lynne (2010). Reframing Confinement. ISBN 9783791350486.
  4. ^ "Modern Painters". 1997.
  5. ^ "Sammlung Prinzhorn -Emma Hauck (Langtext)". prinzhorn.ukl-hd.de.
  6. ^ Marshall, Catherine; Thompson, Jon; Ades, Dawn (1998). Art unsolved: The Musgrave Kinley outsider collection. ISBN 9780853317722.
  7. ^ Smith, Roberta (21 April 2000). "ART REVIEW; Where Insanity and Modernism Intersect". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Caballero, Carolina López; Hispano, Andrés (2014). Metamorfosis: Visiones fantásticas de Starewitch, Šankmajer y los hermanos Quay. ISBN 9788498036688.
  9. ^ Faber, Liz; Walters, Helen (2003). Animation Unlimited: Innovative Short Films Since 1940. ISBN 9781856693462.
  10. ^ "Explore the World of the Quay Brothers with a Spirited Doc from Christopher Nolan | the Village Voice".
  11. ^ "Emma Hauck | MoMA".
  12. ^ "Theater Review: Pygmalion Theatre Co.'s "Sweetheart Come"".
  13. ^ "Two spring premieres: PYGmalion Theatre Company's Sweetheart Come by Melissa Leilani Larson; Efren Corado's Dust. Breath. Place. For RDT Link | the Utah Review".