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F15 Cain - GERMAN 232 - Visions of Modernity in German Lit Around 1900

Expressionism

The turn of the twentieth century was an exciting time marked by the discovery of new, previously unsuspected worlds below the surface of everyday perception. Germany, Austria and Switzerland were at the forefront of literary, scientific and artistic innovation at that time. In psychology, Sigmund Freud’s work found explanations hidden in the depths of the unconscious. In the sciences, Röntgen’s 1895 discovery of the X-ray and Rutherford’s 1911 splitting of the atom revealed previously invisible physical realities. In politics, Marx and Engels proposed that labor and capital were the forces determining social change and the progress of history. This time of great optimism and scientific advance also witnessed the outbreak of the First World War, a violent and technological war that questioned the optimism about the continuing progress of humankind. Artists and writers responded to these new ideas in highly imaginative ways. Expressionist artists such as Franz Marc and Wasilly Kandinsky of the “Blaue Reiter” group believed their art revealed a “spiritual” dimension that could balance a society dominated by rationalism. Writers such Kafka, Brecht, Schnitzler and Kästner took their readers into these new worlds in their prose and poetry. In this course we will explore notions of hidden worlds revealed and how they were reflected in art, literature, film and political and scientific texts. We will read and analyze a variety of materials, including short stories, poems, plays and a graphic novel adaptation of the children’s story Emil und die Detektive. We will continue to improve our German proficiency including all the fundamental skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Special features of the class include a trip to the UMMA, guest lectures and creative writing. Taught in German.

Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait
1922
woodcut | paper
Museum Purchase
1956/1.26
Käthe Kollwitz
Mary and Elizabeth
1928
woodcut | Japan paper
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
1983/1.338
This woodcut print of an abstracted landscape is done in green, red, yellow, blue, and black. An architectural form appears on the left and an archer on horseback appears in the lower right corner.  
Wassily Kandinsky
The Archer
1908 - 1909
woodblock | paper
Museum purchase
1954/1.152
Within a black background a white oval shape sits at center; within the oval are a series of abstracted forms and lines in primary colors all characteristic of Kandinsky's style.
Wassily Kandinsky
Small Worlds III
1922
lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase
1948/1.62
This dynamic print shows a figure on a horse in the center, with another horse to the left and a dog on the right. The rider and the horse are leaning into a turn and the horse's curly tail trails behind. Action lines and swirls radiate out from the figures in the center.
Franz Marc
Riding-school
1913
woodblock | paper
Museum Purchase
1951/1.25
Franz Marc
Legend of the Animals (Tierlegende)
1912
woodcut | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
1962/2.24
Christian Rohlfs
Dancers (Zwei Tänzende)
1908 - 1918
linoleum cut | paper
Museum Purchase
1949/2.55
Ludwig Meidner
Bildnis, from the portfolio "Deutsche Graphiker der Gegenwart"
1920
lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase
1973/2.65
George Grosz
The Family
20th century
brush and ink | cream-colored paper
Museum Purchase
1949/1.204
László Moholy-Nagy
Konstruktionen (6)
1923
lithograph | paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
1969/2.65
A spare and restrained abstract composition is built up out of layers of mostly translucent basic geometric forms. The grey tones of the background are created with large rectangle shapes. In the upper part of the piece is a light colored circle, with a brighter circle inside it. Both are crossed by an axis of bright, thin orange lines. On the left, the point of a triangle protrudes from the edge. It is covered by a faint gray trapezoidal shape. Three small black semi-circles are also visible: one along the lines inside the circles; the other two along the trapezoidal shape and just beneath the triangle.
László Moholy-Nagy
Abstract Composition (Abstrakte Komposition)
1920 - 1930
watercolor, India ink, and collage | off-white wove paper
Museum Purchase
1953/2.9
Gerhard Marcks
Almtanz (Alpine Dance)
1926
woodcut | paper
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser
1968/2.80

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