The experience and horror of WWI was so great, it resonated so deeply in the eyes and mind of artists, that the creative arena ennobled itself by venting through social criticism. The visual artists began to understand the age they lived in, the age they witnessed, through optical lenses imposing urgency and emptiness. The previous higher properties of concern for artists, portraiture, history painting, technology, etc., could no longer be extracted from life’s experiences with any moral authority. Richard Huelsenbeck wrote the following in the Dadaist Manifesto (1918): “With Dadaism a new reality comes into its own. Life appears as a simultaneous muddle of noises, colors and spiritual rhythms, which is taken unmodified into Dadaist art, with all its sensational screams and fevers of is reckless everyday psyche and with all its brutal reality.” What are your thoughts on Dada and on Huelsenbeck’s manifesto comment?
Dr. Richard Huelsenbeck, Berlin, 1917
Dr. Richard Huelsenbeck, Dada Almanac