barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


‘Degenerate’ Art

German Expressionist Prints from the Barber’s Collection

A society fractured by conflict – and poised on the brink of further social unrest – is depicted with brutal honesty in these striking early 20th-century prints by celebrated artists including Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Egon Schiele.

Complementing Rebel Visions, this display also explored the changing social  attitudes of the most progressive German artists after Hitler’s rise to power and the subsequent a Nazi-led Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibitions of the 1930s. It examines how artists’ depictions of society, religion and the human body were systematically corrupted and de-valued by Nazi Propaganda.   Above Image: Lovis Corinth, Christ on the Cross, 1919, woodcut, Inv. 94.

S. Maniago after Tintoretto (c.1518-1594)

Raccolta di opere scelte: The column of fire

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Valentin le Febvre (1642-1680/2), after Veronese (1528-1588)

Raccolta di opere scelte: Christ meeting the woman of Samaria at the well

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Paul Emile Colin (1877-1949)

Souvenirs d'autrefois 

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José de Ribera (1591-1652)

Head of a Man with a Goitre

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