Soldier in the Madhouse II by Conrad Felixmüller

Lithograph, 1918.

Soldier in the Madhouse II

Art work details

Original Title :
Soldat im Irrenhaus II
Year of production :
Conrad Felixmüller
Medium :
Ink, Paper
Dimensions :
paper: height: 40.5 cms; width: 30.8 cms; print: height: 33.8 cms; width: 27.5 cms
Credit Line :
Gift of Michael Brooks
Copyright :
© DACS 2013
Associated Groups :
Dresdner Sezession
Lithograph, World War I, War, Felixmuller, Brooks Gift

In this haunting image Felixmuller shows a young soldier, driven to insanity through unending nightmares of conflict, his face a twisted mask of pain.  Many young men returned from war with mental as well as physical scars, alienated from friends and family, some destined never to recover.

One of the youngest artists in the New Objectivity movement, Felixmüller was also a member of the Communist Party of Germany. His graphic work appeared in the periodicals Die Aktion and Der Sturm (the Storm). His early, strongly expressionist paintings often confront the social realities of Weimar Germany, ranging from factory workers to political agitators, alongside later intimate portraits of his family and friends.

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