CHARLOTTE by Charlotte Salomon. 80 color plates. Harcourt, Brace & World. $8.50.
The girl anticipates her grandmother's suicide with a picture. Trees are aswirl in the heart of an olive forest.
In the distance, they have twisted into a vortex of somber terrors. The grandmother stands to one side, ignoring the menace of a sunflower that ignites the trees. Reflected fire gleams in the old woman's vacant eye. At the side of the painting, the girl adds a caption in verse:
Pain and terror overshadow the world,
The rule of law and reason is suspended,
Friendship and trust are destroyed.
There is no meaning left to life...