neue sachlichkeit

Discipline: Art

(1920s)

A German name (meaning 'new objectivity') for the group of artists led by OTTO DIX (1891-1969) and GEORGE GROSZ (1893-1959).

They continued and emphasized the elements of social comment found in German expressionism to create works which condemned social hypocrisy, corruption and cruelty with unrelenting bitterness and realism.

Their work was banned and the movement broke up following the rise of the Third Reich; however, DIX avoided persecution by painting seemingly innocuous landscapes.

Source:
H Osborne, Oxford Companion to 20th-century Art (Oxford, 1981)

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