Alexandra Drysdale Artist

 

 

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Lectures:
Let There Be Light: the art and science of light in paintings
Out of the Blue: the story of blue in art
Red Vibrations: the story of red in art
Journey of the River from the Source to the Sea, in the company of artists
Air, Angels and Aeroplanes
Down to Earth: depictions of earthly delights
On the Way to the Wedding: depictions of love in art
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940

Study Days:
Pulling Pictures Apart
Cardinal Colours: red, yellow and blue
Painting the Elements: earth, water, air and fire
Let there be Light: the art and science of Light in Paintings
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940

 

 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
German Art 1900-1940

The German Expressionists reacted against industrialization and chose to paint utopian visions of the Good Life: men and women living freely in nature.
Their art was considered ugly and technically bad.
The New Objectivity artists, Georg Grosz and Otto Dix, having experienced the national humiliation of the First World War, reacted against the Self-Expressionists, painting technically good pictures but with ugly subject matter: corrupt capitalists and bankers in brothels. Then Hitler classified them all as Degenerates and promoted bad Neo-Classical kitsch.
I am both an Art Historian and a professional artist, who for one year is an Artist-in-Residence in a school.
I shall conclude my lecture with a comparison of my own Good, never Bad but sometimes Ugly Expressionist paintings with those of my German antecedents.