(Ger. Neue Sachlichkeit
), German art movement of the 1920s. The chief painters of the movement were George Grosz
and Otto Dix
, who were sometimes called verists. They created styles of bitter realism and protest that mirrored the disillusionment and political upheaval that followed World War I. New objectivity retained the intense emotionality of earlier movements in German art (see Brücke
and Blaue Reiter
), but it abandoned the symbolism of expressionism
for direct social commentary. Max Beckmann
produced works in a related, though more philosophical, vein.
See S. Barron and S. Eckmann, New Objectivity (museum catalog, 2015).
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