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.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669)

Christ and the Woman of Samaria

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Frederick Walker (1840-1875)

Portrait of the artist

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Gerard van der Gucht (1696-1776), after Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)

Tancred and Erminia

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

The Palazzo della Sacra Consulta

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