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George Scholz


Of the DADA artist in the book aptly titled DADA there were quite a few I book marked and thought over, however i had to with one and I chose George Scholz


Scholz was born in Wolfenbuttel, German and later after years of service in WWI went to studied in Berlin.  He was a trained painter, and reactionary.  Joining the Communist Party of Germany Scholz became extremely critical of the social and economical state of post war Germany.  His paintings reflect his unrest towards his country and are almost cynical in their approach to depicting life.

In this painting titled, Industrial Farmers


Scholz has created a family of loathing.  There is so much symbolism layered within the painting that I will only discus a few points.  The family consists of a husband, wife, and son, all are distorted or disfigured in some way.  The father has money erupting from his head while clutching a bible, the mother mirroring his posture is grasping a piglet while there is a screw protruding from her forehead.  The son is seen with no brain, snot dripping from his nose and torturing a frog.  The over all tone of the painting is cynical.  Scholze is harshly critiquing the farming, bible thumping “standard” family of post war Germany.  He is not satisfied with where he sees Germany’s people going, and uses his artist skill to blatantly show “those people”, the real industrial farmers of the time, what they really are. They are mindless, money hungry people who clutch on to their personal property and faith like it is their life’s blood.

The man seen in the background through the open window, calls towards the future and the industrialization of the world.  He is an oppturinty for advancement in life, an open window is often times seen as a chance, or a way out, however he is fat and through his coat we can see a roasted turkey, or something of the sort.  This lends to the idea that he has alternative motives then just for their own gain.  He is profiteering off this new abundance of technology and we all know symbolically a fat man can also be interpreted as a wealthy man.  The painting as a whole speak of many different moral values and beliefs that Scholz maybe believes should go to the way side, or are ally ready there that he feel should not be and uses his paintings to convey what he believes.


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