Late 1920s Berlin... noch einmal, bitte!

Art Crush: Christian Schad.

I'm just infatuated with Christian Schad's life, style, painting, and just about everything. To make a very long and complicated and interesting story short - Schad's work traverses several key movements in 20th Century art; Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), and even Photorealism. The most interesting part for me at the moment are the portraits he produced in the interwar period.

Christian Schad, Lotte, 1927 (Berlin)
Sprengel Museum, Hannover

Timeless style: sheer white blouse, black ribbon tie, black blazer, red lips, short hair.

Here's me trying to pull off a similar look: 

 Me, after work...going to hang out with my glamorous friends. 

Christian Schad, Sonja, 1928 (Berlin)
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie 

Timeless style: Sheer black tunic, camels. Although, I bet if Sonja were around today - she would wear that tunic as a dress - sans pants. 

Lotte and Sonja are a great example of how confident, stylish, and independent women in Berlin lived at the time. Neither woman was from an upper middle class family  - unlike Mr. Schad whose wealthy lawyer father supported him throughout most of his life. Lotte was a milliner and Sonja was a secretary. Both women, clad with short hair, worked to support themselves but because of their cultural status we mixing with the likes of Mr. Schad and his entourage.

And last but not least, here's a photo of the handsome Mr. Schad himself. *Swoon* ...Could that be our lucky Lotte?

Dapper: Schad and friends in a cafe, Berlin, late 1920s. 

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