Fitness Training in the Colonies

Fitness Training in the Colonies

1930

Franz Roh

(German, 1890-1965)

Photomechanical reproduction, collage

Image: 14.8 x 18.8 cm (5 13/16 x 7 3/8 in.); Mounted: 17.3 x 20.2 cm (6 13/16 x 7 15/16 in.); Paper: 15.5 x 19.5 cm (6 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.114

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Roh, who had combined images through photomontage, was encouraged to investigate collage by the Surrealist painter and collagist Max Ernst. Like Ernst, Roh used old-fashioned printed illustrations that could be cut out and moved around to compose implausible narratives. While Fitness Training in the Colonies has humorous aspects, The Isolation of Nazism addresses a serious and timely threat. Is this a depiction of wishful thinking-the hope that someone will restrain the Nazis? Or is the isolation that of the artist under Nazi rule?

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