Deutsche Kunst, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf 1928
Here's a wonderful document from history,
of an exhibit of German contemporary art
from the year 1928.
(making a nice contrast to
of things done ten years later.)
Can you feel the impending catastrophe?
The thing about this work ....
is that, to me, it feels a few cuts above the
Annual exhibit of American art
that the Art Institute of Chicago was showing during the same year.
Maybe it's just that the German catalog
was showing a lot more sculpture,
Or -- maybe it's because the German artists
have lived with so much Medieval sculpture.
As is evident -- in the "three Marys" shown above.
(and, BTW, this artist
has utterly dropped out of sight)
What a wonderful head!
"I am lost - where am I going ?"
And -- whatever happened to this sculptor ?
Not every artist who joined the NAZI party
enjoyed a big career.
Garbe died in a POW camp in 1945,
and he's now principally known as
another sculptor's husband.
Another great head!
(and this poor artist
had the distinction of being credited
as the teacher of Joseph Beuys --
so that's the only way
he can be found on the internet)
These portraits really come alive
Franz Xaver Lindl
A nice little riff,
more Romanesque than Art Deco,
but whatever happened this guy ?
Quite an accomplished designer
who never made it to my list.
This piece can be found on Wikipedia,
but apparently he died in 1927,
at the age of 40
Here's the first artist
that was already on my list.
Another great head,
how I envy his ability.
We won't go into his career
with the Third Reich,
but it appears that his descendants
have made a site for him here
The great one --
what a wonderfully
Another lost figure
(or maybe -- she's just day dreaming)
from another one of my favorite sculptors,
I never heard of this elegant sculptor either,
but his rather clumsy
is all over Wikipedia
I'm guessing that he was Jewish
(since he was born in Palestine and
moved to the U.S. in 1935)
I wish I could find more of his work.
I usually don't go in for the
ugly figure school,
but this one does
Josef Daniel Sommer
I find him listed
in a 1936 catalog,
but other than that,
this guy has entirely disappeared.
This piece feels a little small,
but I'm hoping he got better
And... another great head!
But I'm afraid he gets listed in
"Artists for the Reich"
as one of the fellows who
took the jobs
of the politically/culturally/ethnically
artists who were purged from the academies.
Not really to my taste,
but it does bear a strong
to a Ruben Nakian piece
in the Chicago American exhibit
from the same year.
A very tight sense of form
that feels so Germanic