Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 – 1933

I recently went to London to see some exhibitions to gain inspiration for my Final Major Project. One of the exhibitions I went to was at The Tate, the display was called ‘Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919- 1933’. Some of the artwork that was showcased at this exhibition had never been on public display before, and some pieces hadn’t even been in the UK before.

The main reason I wanted to see this exhibition as some of the feedback I got from my last project was that my style was always very similar so I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and see some artwork that is the complete opposite of my own style. I was shocked as I really enjoyed the artwork, some pieces were slightly darker than the kind of work I create, but I loved the style of the work. I really liked the use of colour in the artwork, especially in particular piece called ‘The Poet Daubler’ by Heinrich Maria Davringhausen.

It was a huge image that lit up the room with its bright colours, it really illustrated the impact of what bright colours can do.

But what I really took away from the exhibition was the use of watercolour and pencil drawings. I never normally keep my drawings as pencil, I always go over them with pen or paint, but some of the pieces in the collection were left as pencil drawings such as ‘International Riding Scene’ by Otto Dix.

I really like how keeping the pencil makes the work look, and the effect it creates and I will definitely be looking into creating artwork like this myself in the future. A lot of the pieces that I really liked were created by using watercolour, and I really loved how this makes the images look, in particular in the ‘A Married Couple’ by George Grosz.

By using watercolour, it made the image look more fluid and softer, which is precisely how you would imagine old people are. Even though there is not much-drawn detail in work, you can picture what the couple was like just by the way the watercolour makes them look.

From this exhibition, I have definitely learned a new style of producing artwork that is less polished and clean. I am extremely interested in researching watercolour more and experimenting with in my own designs.

One thought on “Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 – 1933

  1. Groody534 May 17, 2024 / 10:15 am

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