Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hannah Höch

Leave it to me to leave my research paper to the last minute. I have a good chunk done already, and it's on a topic that I really love, so no worries. This is what it's on.

edit: Just found this's pretty great.

"Hoch's tempestuous relationship with Hausmann ended in 1923, but this simply heralded another step forward in her creativity. She was much influenced by artists outside of her Berlin group, notably Kurt Schwitters who was a one-man Hanover Dada movement, and Max Ernst from Cologne. Schwitter neatly summed up her relationship with Hausmann in the immortal words "Whenever she needs him, she's there for him."


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The 1920’s were exactly what they were known for, roaring. Whether it was in America, Germany, or any other foreign country, a new era of technology and way of thinking was beginning to unfold. World War I had just ended, and countries were beginning to clean up the destruction and damage left behind. One of the biggest civil liberties to be born out of the roaring 20’s was America’s passage of 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With these newfound liberties given to women in the United States, the effects of change were resonating across the world. Hannah Höch was an artist in Berlin, Germany during the outbreak of World War I. Through a relationship Höch had with Raoul Hausmann, another artist working in 1920’s Berlin, the two of them created the style of Photomontage, which became a medium of choice for the Berlin Dadaists.

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