One of the intensities of “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937″ is the connection the exhibition enables the viewer to make between an art object, such as a painting, and the Nazis vilification of it and their ensuing expulsion of it from German museum collections. (Reminder: Exhibition curator and catalogue editor Olaf Peters is on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.)
Here’s how that works. This is George Grosz’s 1925 Portrait of the Writer Max Herrmann-Neisse.
Later in the exhibition you can see the Nazis own ledger listing degenerate paintings that were to be expunged from German museums. Via the Victoria & Albert Museum’s website, here’s the entry for this Grosz.