Raoul Hausmann
The Art Critic 1919–20

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Raoul Hausmann 1886–1971
The Art Critic
Der Kunstkritiker
Date 1919–20
Medium Lithograph and printed paper on paper
Dimensions Support: 318 x 254 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974

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Hausmann, a founder member of the Berlin Dada group, developed photomontage as a tool of satire and political protest. Although the 'art critic' is identified by a stamp as George Grosz, another member of the group, the image was probably an anonymous figure cut from a magazine. The fragment of a German banknote behind the critic’s neck suggests that he is controlled by capitalist forces. The words in the background are part of a poem poster made by Hausmann to be pasted on the walls of Berlin.

September 2006

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