Otto Neumann

(1895, Heidelberg – 1975, Munich)

Otto Neumann’s earliest work as a German Expressionist painter and printmaker, evolved organically over 6 decades with a consistent focus on the form of the body.  Neumann survived the Third Reich with his wife Hilde Rothschild, who was Jewish and despite having his artwork labeled “degenerate” by the Nazis (an automatic honorific) he worked steadily through the war and for the next 3 decades. Neighbors rallied around the couple, finding ways to protect them.  Perhaps best known for masterful illustrations of Dante's Inferno, Neumann's work is included in many, international museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art...


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