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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Entartete Kunst: Struck from the list

"Struck from the list," Paul Klee, 1933.

Klee painted this after a Nazi paper outed him as a Galatian Jew, causing him to be fired from his position at the Dusseldorf Academy.  His melancholy is evident in the monochromatic color scheme with the almost-but-not-quite-abstract figure crying.  In total, 102 of Klee's works were seized from public collections, and 17 were displayed in the Nazi's "Degenerate Art" (Entartete Kunst) exhibit.  Some were subsequently destroyed.

This, and other super-depressing stories, will be featured in my next article.  I hope you're happy, degenerates! 

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