Cultural Expression in Nazi Germany. Degenerate Art ( entartete Kunst). Degenerate: An immoral or corrupt person . Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination In Nazi Germany this term was used to describe artwork that was un-German or Jewish .
‘Self Portrait, 1924’
What descriptive words come to mind when you view these artworks?
What themes are explored in these artworks?
What events and conditions of the 1910s and 1920s might have inspired this type of art?
Why do you think Hitler would have found this artwork ‘degenerate’? How did it clash with the type of Germany that he was trying to promote?
Hitler and the Nazi’s removed all of the
Degenerate Art’ from the galleries and museums and
created a ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition to ridicule modernist artworks.