Liberated The Radical Art and Life of Claude Cahun


The Radical Art and Life of Claude Cahun


Price: $19.95

  • Publication Date: September 12, 2023
  • Imprint: Getty Publications
  • Trim Size: 7 x 10
  • ISBN: 9781947440074
  • Page Count: 96
  • Illustrations: 91 color and 11 black-and-white illustrations
  • Rights: US and Canada

Creative and courageous, Surrealist artist Claude Cahun championed freedom at every turn, from rejecting gender norms and finding queer love to risking death to sabotage the Nazis
At the turn of the twentieth century in Nantes, France, Lucy Schwob met Suzanne Malherbe, and lightning struck. The two became partners both artistically and romantically and transformed themselves into the creative personas Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. Together, the couple embarked on a radical journey of Surrealist collaboration that would take them from conservative provincial France to the vibrancy of 1920s Paris to the oppression of Nazi-occupied Jersey during World War II, where they used art to undermine the Nazi regime.

Cahun and Moore challenged gender roles and championed freedom at a time when strict societal norms meant that the truth of their relationship had to remain secret. Featuring ten photographs by Cahun and Moore, this graphic biography by cartoonist Kaz Rowe brings Cahun’s inspiring story to life.

“Claude Cahun lived at the crossroads of masculine and feminine, of artist and activist, of blessed and cursed by the circumstances and time period they were born into. Rowe weaves together historical photos, direct quotes, and lyrical imagery to tell the tale of this brave queer icon to great effect.” —Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer

About the author

Kaz Rowe is a Chicago–based cartoonist, illustrator, and YouTuber, and was formerly located in Los Angeles.