Franz Marc, Creation II, 1913.
1890s: The Birth of Tragedy and Käthe Kollwitz


In Kollwitz' description of the poor weavers’ revolt we find elements from the pathos of tragedy.



Supports exhibitions arranged by the Collection of Graphic Art

About the exhibition

About the exhibition

Read about the exhibition. It was dedicated to one of the most hectic chapters of the history of German art.

German World Images 1890-1930 – from Kollwitz to Nolde

20 April 2012 – 12 August 2012. The Royal Collection of Graphic Arts

What is true art? What does art look like? What is art about? These were the questions that the European avant-garde sought to answer. In Germany the questions became intermeshed with attempts at determining a national identity.

Follow the hunt for answers and see how artists sought to reinvent art.

Towards 1930: Nolde and the Origins of Art

Towards 1930

Nolde’s works from the 1920s and 1930s reveal his affinity with the countryside of his native Schleswig-Holstein.

The 1920s: An International Outlook


During the years after World War I German art was greatly influenced by a constructive idiom.

From 1905 to World War I: The Will to Art

From 1905 to World War I

Art was not meant to imitate reality, but to express a primordial creative force.

Around 1920: Concerning the Spiritual in Art?

Around 1920

Kandinsky held that art should contribute to a spiritualisation of culture and society.