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  • NEW OBJECTIVITY
    Portrait and Still-Life Works of the 1920s

    In the 1920s Germany’s young democracy was still politically and socially immature. Great effort was required to uphold the stability of the Weimar Republic. During those years a loose group of Berlin artists developed a style that soon came to be known as New Objectivity.

    The new objective painters were not united by a programmatic manifesto of any kind, but oriented their art on the visible world. In this way they turned away from the Expressionists’ destruction of form or the Dadaists and their anti-bourgeois attitude. The artists of New Objectivity painted people and objects isolated from one another within the picture space. The resulting compositions were sober, clearly constructed, factually precise portrayals of people against backgrounds that were often symbolically encoded. This art movement with its cool formal language represented a contrast to the fervid mood of the age.

    The photographers of New Objectivity also relied on a strict, objective pictorial language. Their aim was to depict objects with their inherent simplicity and beauty. Respect for reality took over from an artistic invention of the world.

Exhibited Objects

Results:  14

Kitchen Still Life with Herrings
  • um 1938
  • Öl auf Sperrholz
  • 50 x 60,5 cm (Bildmaß)
Chess Players
  • 1929/30
  • Öl auf Leinwand
  • 70 x 80,5 cm (Bildmaß)
Chorus-Girls
  • 1928/29
  • Öl auf Pappe
  • 64 x 47 cm (Bildmaß)
Still Life III with Amaryllis
  • 1926
  • Öl auf Leinwand
  • 106 x 80 cm (Bildmaß)
My Parents I
  • 1925
  • Öl auf Leinwand
  • 150 x 125 cm (Bildmaß)
Still Life with Oranges
  • um 1924
  • Öl auf Holz
  • 54 x 65 cm (Bildmaß)
Jenny Seated
  • 1922/23
  • Öl auf Leinwand
  • 86,5 x 65 cm (Bildmaß)
Crystal Beauty: Haematite, pseudomorphous after calcareous spar (Source: near Iserlohn/Germany)
  • um 1935
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 16,8 x 23 cm (Bildmaß)
Crystal Beauty: Silver (Source: Kongsberg, Norway)
  • um 1935
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 23 x 16,9 cm (Bildmaß)
Crystal Beauty: Beryl with Inclusions (Source: Brazil)
  • um 1935
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 20,4 x 16,8 cm (Bildmaß)
Crystal Beauty: Calcareous Spar (Source: Marienberg/Germany)
  • um 1935
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 16,9 x 23 cm (Bildmaß)
Crystal Beauty: Pyrite (Source: Zalathua/Hungary)
  • um 1935
  • Silbergelatinepapier
  • 16,8 x 23 cm (Bildmaß)