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HAVC 135B : German Art 1905-1945Main MenuHAVC 135B: German Art, 1905-1945This is the course website for HAVC 135B, Summer Session 2 at the University of California - Santa CruzCourse DescriptionThis is a short blurb about the course.Course BasicsUnit One: "German" Art or Art of the World?In this unit, we will examine the art, culture, and aesthetic philosophy of Germany's 19th century.Unit Two: Spirit, Material, Revolution, and DiscontentUnit Three: Total Control: Art and Culture in Nazi GermanyUnit Four: Cold War Premises: Rebuilding Two GermanysSara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599
What connections can be—carefully—made between some of the ideas of “spirit” or cultural renewal that we have discussed in terms of Romanticism and Expressionism?
12016-08-23T21:39:53-07:00HAVC 135B48dc63e105cb9494c4b97f5905d76e011b4b6a55101363plain2016-09-02T02:01:35-07:00Sara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599As far as I am concerned, Romanticism and Expressionism can reflect the ideas of “spirit” or cultural renewal under the rejection of traditional rulers. Take the painting called “Leda and the Swan” created by Paul Mathias Padua in1939 as an example. In the picture, a beautiful naked woman seems so close to a white swan. The first impression give by the painting is the sexuality. But after knowing the background of the painting, we can know that under the shadow of romantic scene, these two main themes demonstrate the sense of expectation and disclose the role of woman as mother instead of prostitute. The swan is the embodiment of elegance, which reflects the beauty of the woman; and the woman was a symbol of nature with a spirit of devotion. The combination of the beautiful naked woman and the white swan creates a form of aesthetic beauty under the romantic circumstance. Therefore, through all the superficial surface, like the romanticism, a spirit of willing to be sacrificed for the nation was widely stressed. I think under the guide of the valuable spirit, not only the spirit but also the culture of the nation will be thrived for a better day.