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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Christian Schad (August 21, 1894 in Miesbach, Oberbayern - February 25, 1982) was a German painter associated with the New Objectivity movement.


Schad studied at the art academy in Munich. In 1915, to avoid service in World War I, he fled to Switzerland where he participated in the Dada movement. Beginning in 1918, Schad developed his own version of the Photogram (which he named "Schadographs") where a contour picture is developed on light-sensitive platters. In 1920, he spent a year in Rome and Naples. In this period he developed a close friendship with the writer and dadaist Walter Serner. In 1925, he emigrated to Vienna. His paintings of this period are closely associated with the New Objectivity Movement. In the late twenties, he returned to Berlin and settled there. Although many sense that he was horrified by the Nazis, his art was not condemned in the same manner as the rest of the New Objectivity movement of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Max Beckmann.


His work is known for its depiction of 1920s Weimar cafe culture. It contains a frank depiction of sexuality and apparent liberality, but its figures have a cold, sharp demeanor, obviously still affected by the war.

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