Tension and modernity: Expressions of cultural anxiety in images of Weimar femininity
Fitzpatrick, Brooke Meredith
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The Weimar Republic, created after the First World War, was a society that experienced a great deal of upheaval socially, politically and economically. My graduate thesis will focus on this period of Germany's history and specifically look at the works of artist Otto Dix. Hannah Höch will also be brought into the discussion. The work of Dix looks closely at Weimar society, specifically the injustices, hypocrisies, and shallowness of much of the bourgeoisie. I will focus on the image of the prostitute as an allegory for society's superficiality, corrupt morals and growing anxiety as well as prostitute's reduction to a commodity bought and sold. Dix also creates portraits of transgressive real world women such as Anita Berber, Johanna Ey and Sylvia von Harden. I will compare Dix's work to Höch's, to see how another artist treated similar themes and to also gain a more developed perspective of the Weimar Republic's culture.