Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, presents a rare UK showing of prints and drawings by German Expressionist artists such as Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Rudolf Schlichter and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. Drawn exclusively from private collections in the UK and the Pallant House Gallery collection the display includes iconic works by Die Brucke and Neue Sachlickeit artists and examples of powerful satires and comments on German society in the early twentieth century.
The display includes the controversial group of lithographs by George Grosz from his portfolio ‘Ecce Homo'. Grosz was tried for indecency following its publication, although the works were intended as a comment about the hypocrisy and morality of German society. At the trial he explained: "I see things as I have described them. If I look at the majority of people I don't see beauty or attractive features... In my opinion the depiction of the mostugly things which appear in these works and which, it might be assumed, will alienate the most people, have an important educative function.'
Such images were an important source of inspiration to the British artist Edward Burra whose work is featured in the major exhibition at the Gallery (until 19 Feb 2012).
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