Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Austrian Peasant Family

Title: Ostmärkische Bauernfamilie (The Austrian Peasant Family)
Artist: Hans Schachinger
Date: 1941

In this extraordinary painting, no family members make eye contact, not even with the soldier-son who is the centerpiece of the composition. Generations rarely mix. So complete was the visual segregation between masculine and feminine spheres that gender was "color coded" in Nazi arts, with blues predominating for females and browns or blacks delineating males.

Source :
Book "Landscaping the Human Garden: Twentieth-century Population Management in a Comparative Framework" by Amir Weiner

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