Otto Dix – Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden (1926)

If you were to travel back in time to 1920s Berlin and head into the Romanisches Café, located on the end of the fashionable Kurfürstendamm, you’d suddenly find yourself surrounded by all the great minds of that bustling period. You would meet writers like Bertolt Brecht and Erich Maria Remarque, New Objectivity artists who want…

Christian Schad – Portrait of Dr. Haustein (1928)

After dabbling for a while in Cubism and Futurism, German painter Christian Schad (1894 – 1982) reached artistic maturity in his 30s, when he associated himself with the New Objectivity art movement. The movement rejected the Expressionists’ romantic idealism and emphasis on emotional experience, and insisted on depicting life in a straightforward, realistic way. During…