How this Modern Artist Captured the Wounded Truth of his Age

The razor-sharp paintings of Christian Schad

Christopher P Jones
7 min readFeb 29, 2024

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Detail of ‘Self-Portrait’ (1927), by Christian Schad. Tate Modern, London, UK. Image source WikiArt

Christian Schad has long been one of my favourite artists. Working mainly in the 1920s, his superb ability to generate ambivalence in his images has always struck me as prescient and prophetic given what happened in Germany in the following decade.

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