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Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum [From the collection: From an ethnographical museum]
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Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum [From the collection: From an ethnographical museum] 1929
This work is from a series of seventeen photomontages executed between 1924 and 1930. It combines photographs of a tribal mask, a baby's torso and an eye from a fashion magazine, in a deliberately enigmatic meeting of cultures. The weird, hybrid figure created is mounted on small feet, as if on display. The photomontage is an ironic comment on the treatment of women in Weimar Germany: seen as inferior, by being equated with primitive people, and treated as infantile, while simultaneously being put on a pedestal. The geometric background recalls the work of the Dutch De Stijl group of modernist artists and architects, with whom Höch was associated.

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Modernism

A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Photomontage

The combination of two or more photographs (or pieces of them) to form a single image.

Stijl, De (The Style)

The name of a Dutch art and design journal edited by Theo van Doesburg from 1917 to 1932 and the movement associated with it, which included Piet Mondrian. They were concerned with finding a harmonious balance in life and art, and the associated visual style is simple abstraction, characterised by strong horizontal and vertical lines and primary colours.

Weimar Republic

Popular name for the German Federal Republic which existed at the end of the First World War in 1918, until dissolved by Hitler in 1933. It is so named after the town where the Republic's constitution was written.

Modernism, Photomontage, Stijl, De (The Style) , Weimar Republic

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3987
  • Medium Collage and gouache on paper
  • Size 26.00 X 17.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995