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Gestalt Mit Tod (Figure with Death)
  • Georg Scholz
    born: Wolfenbüttel, Germany ; died: Waldkirch, French-occupied Germany (present-day Germany) ; active: Germany
  • Gestalt Mit Tod (Figure with Death), 1919
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: light weight ivory Japanese paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 251 x 156 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 9 7/8 x 6 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 435 x 327 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 17 1/8 x 12 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0098
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Machine in a Void: World War I & the Graphic Arts," Mar-2010, Steve Goddard
Georg Scholz became deeply politicized, joining the German Communist party and the Novembergruppe (November Group, referencing the November Revolution in Germany), and
participating in the first international DADA Fair in Berlin in 1920. Scholz was also a leading figure of the 1920s artistic movement in Germany known as Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). New Objectivity evolved in Germany in direct opposition to the urgent emotionalism of Expressionism. Scholz's woodcut seems to be his parting gesture to Expressionism, and with it, perhaps to the
memories of war, in which he served from 1915 to 1918. In contrast, one of his early works in the highly polished idiom of New Objectivity is exhibited nearby.