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Georg Schrimpf. Nude IX (Akt IX) (plate, preceding p. 65) from the periodical Das Kunstblatt, vol. 2, no. 3 (Mar 1918). 1918 (executed 1916)
Georg Schrimpf

Nude IX (Akt IX) (plate, preceding p. 65) from the periodical Das Kunstblatt, vol. 2, no. 3 (Mar 1918)

1918 (executed 1916)
Not on view
Medium
Woodcut
Dimensions
composition: 5 1/8 x 7 3/16" (13 x 18.2 cm); page: 8 9/16 x 11 1/4" (21.8 x 28.5 cm)
Publisher
Verlag Gustav Kiepenheuer, Weimar
Edition
Deluxe edition: 110 [this ex.]; regular edition: unknown (approx. 1000)
Credit
Transferred from the Museum Library
Object number
682.1949

Published monthly for sixteen years, Das Kunstblatt promoted the work of living artists and the spirit of the "new art" in all its forms, eventually covering art, theater, film, literature, and architecture. The title is an antiquated word for print that, more generally, translates as "art paper." Das Kunstblatt reflected the discerning taste of its founder and editor, Paul Westheim. In an opening salvo, Westheim explained that the true artist went beyond creating pretty, lifelike surfaces to probe "the depths of being." He named Edvard Munch, Emil Nolde, Ernst Barlach, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Oskar Kokoschka, Erich Heckel, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner as exemplars of this modern ideal. Later, Das Kunstblatt provided equally impassioned support of sharply critical artists such as Otto Dix, George Grosz, and other practitioners of Neue Sachlichkeit. Leading novelists, playwrights, curators, and critics also contributed to the journal, including Bertolt Brecht, Theodor Däubler, Alfred Döblin, Carl Einstein, Gustav Hartlaub, and Franz Roh.

From the beginning, Das Kunstblatt was international in scope, featuring works that satisfied Westheim's definitions of modern art no matter the source. Most issues included an original print (two in the deluxe edition). The publication also brought together art historical essays on African, Indian, and Asian art—a cosmopolitan style that provoked condemnation by the Nazis. The last issue appeared in March 1933, and that summer Westheim fled Germany.

Publication excerpt from Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.
Provenance information
44th Street Gallery, New York; sold to the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, c. 1945; transferred from the Library to the Print Department, 1949

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