HAVC 135B : German Art 1905-1945

Farm Girls Returning from the Fields; Leopold Schmultzer, ca. 1940

Leopold Schmultzer's Farm Girls Returning From the Fields is a piece that conflates womanhood with an idealized, 'traditional' matriarch. The figures in the painting are paraded as an epitomization of the projected role of women within the Nazi Weltanschauung (worldview). The golden hue of the subjects' skin artifically attempts to bridge a perceived timeless past with a romanticized future. Devoid of plight, the women appear content in their gendered, rural identities. Their regimented and compartmentalized subjectivities are intended to represent the eternal  symbol of German livelihood. 


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