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We Weren't Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism

We Weren t Modern Enough Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism Marsha Meskimmon furnishes a fresh perspective on the art of women in the Weimar Republic and in the process reclaims the lost history of a number of artists who have not received adequate attention n

  • Title: We Weren't Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism
  • Author: Marsha Meskimmon
  • ISBN: 9780520221338
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marsha Meskimmon furnishes a fresh perspective on the art of women in the Weimar Republic and in the process reclaims the lost history of a number of artists who have not received adequate attention not only because they were women but also because they continued to align themselves with the modes of realistic representation the Expressionists regarded as reactionary RecoMarsha Meskimmon furnishes a fresh perspective on the art of women in the Weimar Republic and in the process reclaims the lost history of a number of artists who have not received adequate attention not only because they were women but also because they continued to align themselves with the modes of realistic representation the Expressionists regarded as reactionary Reconsidering the traditional definitions of German modernism and its central issues of race politics, eugenics, and the city, Meskimmon explores the structures that marginalized the work of little known artists such as Lotte Laserstein, Jeanne Mammen, Gerta Overbeck and Grete Jurgens She shows how these women s personal and professional experiences in the 1920s and 1930s relate to the visual imagery produced at that time She also examines representations of different female roles prostitute, mother, housewife, the New Woman and gar onne that attracted the attention of these artists Situating her exploration on a strong theoretical base, she ranges deftly over mass visual culture from film to poster art and advertising to create a vivid portrait of women living and creating in Weimar Germany.

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    1 thought on “We Weren't Modern Enough: Women Artists and the Limits of German Modernism

    1. The title is a quote of Gerta Overbeck, whose portrait of her sister appears on the cover of another edition of this book.Political debates surrounding art practices and the construction of 'realism' as a category commonly opposed to 'abstraction' and/or 'expressionism' were typical of wider German modernist criticism.Although Overbeck and Rivera argued that the epithet 'modern' belonged to different sides of the 'abstraction/realism' divide within their particular contexts, their use of the sel [...]

    2. this book really stays on the surface of the topic. i have since heard that it's not respected so much as an academic work. i still think it's good as an intro to gender issues in german art, howevs.

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