Rudolf Schlichter

Having done a few posts on George Grosz, I wanted to post some paintings by Rudolf Schlichter for comparison. Like Grosz, Schlichter was a painter during the Weimar period in Germany and also like Grosz a German Communist. In 1924 he, John Heartfield and Grosz created the Rote Gruppe (the Red group).

He exhibited in the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) show at the Mannheim Kunsthalle in 1925.

As with Grosz and many other Modern artists, his works were seized in 1937 as degenerate art by the Nazis and he was banned from exhibiting. After the defeat of the Nazis he continued painting, his work turning to Surrealism. One can see the beginnings of the movement toward that direction in the 1937 Blind Power which must have been completed shortly before his works were seized.

Rudolf Schlichter, Ladies Dive, 1923

Rudolf Schlichter, Tingel-Tangel, 1919

Rudolf Schlichter, Margot, 1924

Rudolf Schlichter, Blind Power, 1937

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2 Responses to Rudolf Schlichter

  1. His artwork is so much like Otto Dix!

  2. trueoutsider says:

    Thanks for the comment, Lauren. Perhaps we might also say that Otto Dix’s artwork is so much like Schlichter’s. Rudolph lived from 1890-1955. Dix from 1891-1969. They both lived through Weimar Germany and so on. I imagine it’s simply due the vagaries of art history that Dix is given enormous amounts of attention, while Schlichter almost none. As Henry Ford said, “History is bunk.” I’d say that goes double for art history.

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