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.

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)

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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

The Battle of the Beaux and the Belles

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

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