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Still Life with Head

Artist
Willi Baumeister, German, 1889–1955
Date
1930
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Germany, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
26 x 32 1/4 in. (66 x 81.9 cm)
framed: 32 3/4 x 38 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (83.2 x 98.7 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Morton D. May
Rights
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Object Number
833:1983
NOTES
Willi Baumeister places a stylized human head within an arrangement of machine and electrical forms, including a light bulb to the left. Baumeister was a highly intellectual painter, and his subject reflects his fascination with the role of humans in an increasingly industrialized and mechanized world. Despite his avant-garde status, Baumeister was able to remain in Germany during the Nazi era, although his work was included in the notorious “degenerate art” exhibition of 1937.
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