The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910-1937
The years between the birth of the Weimar Republic and Hitler’s rise to power were marked by explosive creative output. This volume surveys every major movement of Germany’s modernist period, focusing on the work and interactions of several important artists. Starting with the Expressionists’ emotionally fraught reaction to the country’s march to war, the book then follows the nihilist movement as it recorded—and attempted to make sense of—the horrors of war. The emergence of Dadaism, the utopian vision of the Bauhaus School, and the practical ideologies of the New Objectivity movement are also given close consideration. Stunning reproductions of more than 200 works reflect the fascinating and complex ways artists responded to the forces of modernity with passion, anger, dark humor, and despair. Informative essays explore the historical events that shaped those artistic innovations as well as the often-tense relationship between art and politics during this critical time in the history of the Western World. The result is a wide-ranging exploration of one of the most dynamic and influential periods of artistic output.