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 role did art and culture play in forming Germany’s national identity in the 19th century?
12016-07-30T15:51:24-07:00HAVC 135B48dc63e105cb9494c4b97f5905d76e011b4b6a55101361plain2016-07-30T15:51:25-07:00HAVC 135B48dc63e105cb9494c4b97f5905d76e011b4b6a55Germany had never truly been unified until 1870 and Germans were searching desperately for a cultural identity to call their own. They wanted to separate themselves from the rest of Europe especially the French who had ruled them for over a half a century. German philosophers looked to their landscape while the people looked to their past. The visual philosophy of Romanticism was taken up to be distinctly German, and it began to reflect in their paintings. Paintings captured the natural environment by painting broad grandiose panoramas with solitary men facing away from the audience. This philosophy of being able to experience God in nature worked really well with the protestant populations of Germany. Because of their lack of a centralized German culture scholars searched for something that could be authentically German. For example, the old Grimm Fairy Tales became a national text akin to great epics, and modernization encouraged more and more people to become literate.
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12016-07-18T11:11:19-07:00Sara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599Unit One: "German" Art or Art of the World?55In this unit, we will examine the art, culture, and aesthetic philosophy of Germany's 19th century.gallery3049162016-09-02T01:21:51-07:00Sara Blaylock, UC Santa Cruz90c69acc85f129272be0130feae47fb850768599