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New Objectivity

The term Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) was first employed as the title of an exhibition in Mannheim, Germany, that displayed artwork, created in response to Expressionism. Subsequently Neue Sachlichkeit became a term that was used to refer to a new creative movement that emerged during the 1920s. Its style is marked by a move away from the inner emotion of Expressionism, towards a more sober representation of the outside world. This portfolio includes work by several leading figures of Neue Sachlichkeit, including George Grosz, Max Beckmann, and Otto Dix, as well as photographs by August Sanders. Together, they offer a survey of Neue Sachlichkeit across various media and highlight some of the major attributes of the style, such as portraiture, caricature, and realism.

A formal portrait of a man standing in the doorway of his studio. 
August Sander
gelatin silver print on paper
8 7/8 in x 6 1/8 in (22.54 cm x 15.56 cm);22 3/16 in x 18 1/8 in (56.36 cm x 46.04 cm);17 5/16 in x 13 7/16 in (43.97 cm x 34.13 cm)
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A formal portrait of a pastry chef in his commercial kitchen. 
August Sander
Konditormeister Franz Bremer
gelatin silver print on paper
12 in x 9 3/8 in (30.48 cm x 23.81 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm)
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This photograph show a man standing inside of a court house. He is fully dressed in a uniform, standing in a doorway.
August Sander
gelatin silver print on paper
6 1/16 in x 4 3/8 in (15.4 cm x 11.11 cm)
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider
Man and woman at table. Man central figure, from top to bottom of image, with his right leg resting on his left knee and his face turned to look out, left. Man identified by detailed masculine face, short hair, pants and shirt with heeled shoes. Woman identified by skirt, heeled shoe, and hat. Only one foot visible, as she sits with her back to us. She is much smaller than the man's figure. Table has no visible support, no visible chairs, though figures appear to be sitting.
George Grosz
ink on wove paper
8 3/4 in. x 7 in. ( 22.23 cm x 17.78 cm )
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection
Pen and ink drawing of nude woman, presumably dead or in the act of dying, stretched between floor and chair, with a man bending over her head and torso. In interior domestic space.
George Grosz
A Murder
pen and ink with watercolor on wove paper
7 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. ( 19.05 cm x 21.59 cm )
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection
5 men sitting, in various states of watching. 1 man in first "row," in hat, facing left with arms crossed. In 2nd row, three men - (l) head in hands, legs crossed; (c) man in suit and hat, looking at viewer, hand in groin; (r) slumped figure in hat and suit, spectacles, covers groin, looks at ground. 1 man in last row, in hat, looks to the left.
George Grosz
The Onlookers (Die Zuschauer)
ink on wove paper
12 ¾ in x 8 ¼ in (32.38 cm x 20.96 cm)
Gift of the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection
Photograph looking straight down onto a built landscape.
László Moholy-Nagy
From the Radio Tower, Berlin
gelatin silver print on paper
9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm);18 in x 14 in (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm);9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson
A man clothed in pants, shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt sits at a small table with his hands folded. Part of a loaf of bread sits on the upper left corner of the table. The man is in a small room with a small, square, barred window high on the wall behind him. There is a toilet without a lid behind him to his left.
George Grosz
In Prison
ink on wove paper
18 13/16 in x 12 3/8 in (47.78 cm x 31.43 cm);24 in x 17 1/2 in (60.96 cm x 44.45 cm)
Gift of Herbert Barrows
In front, a woman wearing a hat depicted in profile faces to the left with three male figures behind her, one of which, depicted in profile and facing to the right, has the top of his head cut off; the background is comprised of architectural and figural fragments.
George Grosz
Streetscene (Strassenszene)
lithograph on paper
20 ½ in x 15 ⅛ in (52.07 cm x 38.42 cm)
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There are two separate drawings. The first is a colorful drawing of a gathering of people wearing formal attire. They are depicted as caricatures, with large heads. The other image is a sketch of three people, side by side. On the left, a woman is shown from the back; she wears a coat, hat, high heeled shoes, and carries an umbrella under her right arm. There is a man in the center, shown from the side. He is mid-step, and wears a coat, hat, and boots; he has a mustache. The sketch on the right appears to show the same woman that is depicted on the left, but from a side angle.
George Grosz
The Gay Cafe
watercolor and ink on paper
24 ¼ in x 19 ¼ in (61.6 cm x 48.89 cm);32 1/16 in x 26 1/16 in (81.44 cm x 66.2 cm);24 ¼ in x 19 ¼ in (61.6 cm x 48.89 cm)
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
George Grosz
The Family
brush and ink on cream-colored paper
23 3/8 in. x 18 1/8 in. ( 59.3 cm x 46 cm )
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This sparely executed lithograph depicts, from left to right, a young boy, an aged man in a hat, and an aged woman in a shawl looking at the food on display in a shop window, bananas, cheese, sausage, and wine, among other items.
George Grosz
lithograph on paper
19 ½ in x 13 1/16 in (49.53 cm x 33.18 cm);19 ½ in x 13 1/16 in (49.53 cm x 33.18 cm);22 in x 18 in (55.88 cm x 45.72 cm)
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