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Ayal Pinkus

Hi there!
One of the incredibly cool things I discovered a few years ago is that I have three consecutive generations of artists in my family! Gottfried Kirchbach was my grandmother's father, and Frank Kirchbach his father, and Ernst Kirchbach again his father — and head of an art academy in Chili.

The coolest thing? They also did visual storytelling! And I can see some of my way of drawing in what they made! I regularly revisit their art to see what I can learn from them. It is just so incredibly special to have my ancestors be my mentors.

I was able to buy a program for a German silent movie recently. The film was “Demi-Vierges: Sklaven der Sinnlichkeit” (Half-virgins: slaves of sensuality) by director Manfred Noa. The movie came out in 1919, the year my grandmother was born.

The movie was part of a trend during a short period around 1919 for so-called “aufklärungsfilme,” sexual education films, movies with a moral undertone. I suspect the movie wasn't really very good as I can't find a lot about it online. It appears to warn women against having ... relationships with men ... before marriage. A woman has extra-marital affairs — and is killed in the end.

Gottfried had made four lithographs for the program, and I am going to be creating pen and ink versions of these drawings for practice and learning as much as I can from his approach.

Illustration for program for movie Demi-Vierges from 1919.

Illustration for program for movie Demi-Vierges from 1919.

Illustration for program for movie Demi-Vierges from 1919.

Illustration for program for movie Demi-Vierges from 1919.

Yours truly,
Ayal Pinkus