Early Modernist German Drawings and Watercolors

September 12 – December 10, 2000

This intimate exhibition presented master drawings and watercolors by some of the leading German modernists of the first three decades of the twentieth century. 

Drawn from the Smart Museum's collection and selected loans, these works by Lovis Corinth, George Groxz, Erich Heckel, Kähe Kollwitz, and Emil Nolde, among others, exemplify a number of the major art movements of the period including Expressionism before World War I and New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) in the 1920s. The themes and subjects of the works on view documented some of the shifting art theories, social concerns, and political ideologies that characterized art in Germany during a period of rapid change.