The German Revolution was a period of anarchy and violence that broke out at the end of the First World War, in Berlin and other big cities. Chaos continued until the establishment of the Weimar Republic in August 1919. This publication accompanies a centenary exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, 1 March - 2 June 2019, and it focuses on the revolutionary printmaking that emerged in Germany in the years 1906-1926. The works are drawn from the Hunterian's own exceptional holdings of German Expressionist art, supplemented by Max Beckmann's set of 11 lithographs, Hell, lent by the National Galleries of Scotland. This monumental series encapsulates the terror, hunger and sheer misery that gripped the city of Berlin, which had been the German World's great international centre for the production and exhibition of art. Artists such as Beckmann turned to printmaking of various kinds from commercial necessity. This was the great period of the woodcut, led by the Norwegian Edvard Munch, who inspired many to take up the medium which has dramatic persuasive power. Artists often turned their backs on the physical destruction and looked inwards. Munch, Kokoschka, Schiele, Schmidt-Rottluff, Nolde, Pechstein, Heckel, Barlach, Dix, Grosz, Corinth and Paula Modersohn-Becker all made prints exploring human stories which are linked thematically in two sections of the exhibition and seem to have arisen as an antidote to the disaster of the war: Love and Anxiety, A Bridge to Utopia.
Format: Paperback, 127 pages
Dimensions: 21.5 x 27.5 x 1cm
Publisher: Hunterian Art Gallery
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