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Anita Rée: Retrospective

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Anita Rée: Retrospective

By Karen Schick

This retrospective of the German avant-garde painter Anita Rée includes works from her entire oeuvre. Featuring examples from all the different media Anita Rée (1885-1933) worked in, including paintings, watercolors, drawings and handcrafted works, this book sheds new light on a multifaceted oeuvre that ranges from impressionistic outdoor painting, to cubistic Mediterranean landscapes, to portraits inspired by New Objectivity. As an independent woman of the art world Rée existed between tradition and modernity, a German artist with international aspirations, and a Jew raised as a Protestant. As a result, Rée’s work references her in-between existence in a changing modern society during the Weimar Republic, while tackling the ever present question of identity. Her selfportraits reveal the self as a foreign being, she depicts people of different origin, intimate female nudes, and exaggerated society gentlemen, while her southern landscapes appear to be a place of yearning, her figural images as secular portrayals with religious content, and solitary animals are found in barren dunes. This volume, showcasing Rée’s full range of work, delves into the issue of the marginalization of artists, and is sure to delight fans of Modern art.

Hardcover
208 pages
9 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
Prestel, 2018
ISBN 9783791357119

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