New Objectivity

Our presentation features German and European paintings from the collection of the Lenbachhaus dated from 1918 into the 1940s. They exemplify the period’s extraordinarily rich range of visual idioms and thematic concerns.

In his book "Post-Expressionism – Magic Realism: Problems in Recent European Painting" of 1926, Franz Roh, an art historian and artist living in Munich, surveyed the diverse developments since the end of World War I. Many artists who were profoundly distressed by what they had experienced disavowed the formal innovations of the avant-garde such as Cubism, Expressionism, and abstraction and focused their energies on soberly realist depictions of the world around them.

Others built on the achievements of the prewar period to break new ground: the Bauhaus fused abstract tendencies with new principles of design, Expressionism blended with realism, Dadaism and Surrealism devised distinctive variants of figuration, and the cosmopolitan artists’ initiative "Abstraction-Création", which counted Kandinsky and Jean Hélion among its members, promoted abstract and concrete art.

Karl Caspar, Ostern / Auferstehung, 1926
Karl Caspar
Ostern / Auferstehung, 1926
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Otto Freundlich, Ein Baum, 1927
Otto Freundlich
Ein Baum, 1927
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Willi Geiger, Der Korpsstudent, 1927
Willi Geiger
Der Korpsstudent, 1927
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Alfred Hawel, Selbstbildnis als Gruppenbild, um 1929
Alfred Hawel
Selbstbildnis als Gruppenbild, um 1929
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Wilhelm Heise, Verblühender Frühling – Selbstbildnis als Radiobastler, 1926
Wilhelm Heise
Verblühender Frühling – Selbstbildnis als Radiobastler, 1926
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Karl Hofer, Weinende, 1929
Karl Hofer
Weinende, 1929
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Alexander Kanoldt, Kaktus-Stillleben, 1923
Alexander Kanoldt
Kaktus-Stillleben, 1923
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Carlo Mense, Don Pepe, 1924
Carlo Mense
Don Pepe, 1924
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Otto Nückel, Begräbnis, 1928/29
Otto Nückel
Begräbnis, 1928/29
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Herbert Ploberger, Selbstbildnis mit ophthalmologischen Lehrmodellen, um 1928/1930
Herbert Ploberger
Selbstbildnis mit ophthalmologischen Lehrmodellen, um 1928/1930
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Christian Schad, Operation, 1929
Christian Schad
Operation, 1929
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Josef Scharl, Armenlese – Kartoffelernte, 1931
Josef Scharl
Armenlese – Kartoffelernte, 1931
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Josef Scharl, Gefallener Soldat, 1932
Josef Scharl
Gefallener Soldat, 1932
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Rudolf Schlichter, Bertolt Brecht, um 1926
Rudolf Schlichter
Bertolt Brecht, um 1926
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Georg Schrimpf, Oskar Maria Graf, 1918
Georg Schrimpf
Oskar Maria Graf, 1918
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Georg Schrimpf, Stillleben, 1929
Georg Schrimpf
Stillleben, 1929
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Rudolf Schlichter, Helene Weigel, 1928
Rudolf Schlichter
Helene Weigel, 1928
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Max Unold, Küchenstuhl, 1929
Max Unold
Küchenstuhl, 1929
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Heinrich Zernack, Frl. Bührle, 1926
Heinrich Zernack
Frl. Bührle, 1926
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