Christian Schad Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove 1929

Artwork details

Artist
Christian Schad 1894–1982
Title
Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove
Agosta, der Flügelmensch, und Rasha, die schwarze Taube
Date 1929
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1200 x 800 mm
frame: 1353 x 956 x 50 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2000
On long term loan
Reference
L02264

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Schad’s models unerringly return our gaze. Their convincing presence reflects the artist’s association with the New Objectivity, an artistic movement that combined social criticism with a near-photographic realism. The black woman and the pigeon-chested man were accustomed to scrutiny, earning their living as sideshow acts in Berlin funfairs. Unusually this unsettling portrayal of the objectification of the body, voyeurism and social alienation is focussed on the male as well as the female nude.

June 2007

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