Berlin in the Twenties : Art and Culture 1918-1933 Hardback
Berlin in the 1920s was home to some of the most extraordinary minds of modern times, and was a vigorous melting pot of radical new ideas and concepts in every field.
Comprising essays on the key movements and figures of the era, this profusely illustrated book is a highly readable portrait of this astonishing cultural ferment and its most important protagonists.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages, 398 illustrations, 90 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 09/04/2007
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780500513545
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Review by CarltonC
I bought this for the illustrations and these were very good, with sufficient description and intelligently linked to the text. The photos of Berlin streets and personalities were very evocative and allowed you to appreciate the distance in time. The paintings chosen were excellent, as although they were by artists that I knew, the majority were not paintings which I had previously seen.The text is a translation from German (originally published in Austria I think) and is rather difficult and stilted. The introductory chapter did not "set the scene" sufficiently for me and would have benefited from greater historical/political background. This may reflect my (lack of) knowledge of German history, but the impact of outcome of the First World War was not sufficiently explained, although it is outlined.The writing of the following chapters does set out the main artistic movements and how they are reflected in the various arts, but did not feel as if they were making a coherent explanation until about half way through, when I felt the book set out themes and illustrated them well.The final chapter which sets out the changes after 1933 when Hitler rose to power jumps forward in time too much.Overall - great illustrations let down by the text.