Art historian Ida Katherine Rigby'sAlle Künstler! War, Revolution, Weimar: German Expressionist Prints, Drawings, Posters, and Periodicals allows readers to experience the anguish, frustration, and desperate
experimentation which characterized German society in the wake of its
bitter defeat in World War I. This cultural tumult (and ensuing
aesthetic revolution) are nowhere more apparent than in the graphic
posters, prints, and book/periodical illustrations produced by German
Expressionist artists who joined the effort to reshape society between
1918 and 1922. In a bracing and profusely illustrated study, Rigby
analyzes these artists' attempts to integrate art into the movement for
social reform, and their eventual disillusioned withdrawal into realism.
Although such well known artists as Kàuathe Kollwitz, George Grosz, and
Otto Dix are given full consideration, an important feature of this
book is the attention it pays to the minor figures who, many argue, were
the most characteristic representatives of the Expressionist movement.