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Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s

Christian Schad (German, 1894–1982)<EM>Count St. Genois d’Anneaucourt</EM>, 1927Oil on wood33 7/8 x 24 13/16 in. (86 x 63 cm)Centre Georges Pompidou, Mus&eacute;e National d’Art Moderne, ParisPhoto courtesy of&nbsp;Metropolitan Museum of Art
Christian Schad (German, 18941982)
Count St. Genois d'Anneaucourt, 1927
Oil on wood
33 7/8 x 24 13/16 in. (86 x 63 cm)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris
Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art
Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  Ongoing
Political, economic, and social turmoil shaped Germany's short-lived Weimar Republic (19191933). These pivotal years also became a most creative period of 20th-century German culture, generating innovation in literature, music, film, theater, and architecture. In painting, a trend of matter-of-fact realism took hold in Germany like nowhere else in Europe. Disillusioned by the cataclysm of World War I, the most vital German artists moved towards a Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), in particular its branch known as Verism. These artists looked soberly, cynically, and even ferociously at their fellow citizens and found their true métier in portraiture, as seen in the 40 paintings and 60 works on paper featured in Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s. The show features portraits by ten artists: Max Beckmann, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Karl Hubbuch, Ludwig Meidner, Christian Schad, Rudolf Schlichter, Georg Scholz, and Gert H. Wollheim.

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