Glitter and doom: German portraits from the 1920s
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006 - Art - 292 pages
In the 1920s Germany was in the grip of social and political turmoil: its citizens were disillusioned by defeat in World War I, the failure of revolution, the disintegration of their social system, and inflation of rampant proportions. Curiously, as this important book shows, these years of upheaval were also a time of creative ferment and innovative accomplishment in literature, theater, film, and art.
"Glitter and Doom "is the first publication to focus exclusively on portraits dating from the short-lived Weimar Republic. It features forty paintings and sixty drawings by key artists, including Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, and George Grosz. Their works epitomize Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), in particular the branch of that new form of realism called Verism, which took as its subject contemporary phenomena such as war, social problems, and moral decay. Subjects of their incisive portraits are the artists' own contemporaries: actors, poets, prostitutes, and profiteers, as well as doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and other respectable citizens. The accompanying texts reveal how these portraits hold up a mirror to the glittering, vital, doomed society that was obliterated when Hitler came to power.
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Academy Alfred Flechtheim Anita Berber art dealer artists Berlin cartoon Christian Schad Cologne cripples Cziffra dance dated lower right depicted Diisseldorf Dix's drawings Dresden dress exhibition Expressionist eyes face Frankfurt am Main Friedrich Fritz Glaser gallery George Grosz German Geza von Cziffra Gopel Heinrich Hindenburg Hitler Hugo Erfurth Ibid inscribed lower J. B. Neumann Karl Hubbuch Karlsruhe Koch Kokoschka Krall Kunst Liicken Loffler look Lorenz Martha Matthias Max Beckmann Max Herrmann-Neisse Modern Art Munich Museum of Modern Nationalgalerie Nazis Neue Sachlichkeit nude Oil on canvas Otto Dix painter painting Pencil on paper Photograph picture poet Porada portrait posed Private collection prostitutes Quappi Roesberg Rudolf Schlichter Self-Portrait Signed and dated Signed lower right sitter Stadelmann Stadtische studies Stuttgart style Swarzenski Sylvia von Harden Verists watercolor Weimar Republic wife woman women World writer wrote York young