Feb 13, 2014
Jul 15, 2010

The Isolation of the Narzisms

The Isolation of the Narzisms


Franz Roh

(German, 1890–1965)

Photomechanical reproduction, collage

Image: 9.2 x 15.8 cm (3 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.); Paper: 9.8 x 16.3 cm (3 7/8 x 6 7/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.113



Roh, who had combined images through photomontage, was encouraged to investigate collage by the Surrealist painter and collagist Max Ernst. Like Ernst, Roh used old-fashioned printed illustrations that could be cut out and moved around to compose implausible narratives. While Fitness Training in the Colonies has humorous aspects, The Isolation of Nazism addresses a serious and timely threat. Is this a depiction of wishful thinking-the hope that someone will restrain the Nazis? Or is the isolation that of the artist under Nazi rule?

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