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Artist: Heinrich Campendonk, German, 1889–1957

Cartoon for a mural commemorating the return of Schneidermuhl to the German nation

1928–30

Ink, watercolor, gouache, squared-up in graphite

104.4 × 175 cm (41 1/8 × 68 7/8 in.)
Gift of Katherine S. Dreier to the Collection Société Anonyme
1946.64
Under the Treaty of Versailles, the German city of Schneidemühl was ceded to Poland. Pressured by protests among the German population, however, the Allied powers reversed their decision and returned the city to Germany in 1919. Schneidemühl was subsequently designated a provincial capital and, to decorate its new civic buildings, held a mural competition that Campendonk won with this cartoon. Katherine Dreier acquired Campendonk’s cartoon in 1931 and later installed it prominently alongside Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, in her library. She admired the artist’s mysticism and shared his dedication to Germany’s recovery. Although the mural was completed, it is believed to have been destroyed during World War II.
Geography: 
Made in Germany
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
German
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Bibliography: 

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 116, fig. 26.

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