Gerd Arntz

Gerd Arntz illustrations

A collection of working class and other assorted illustrations by German council communist artist Gerd Arntz.

Atlas Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft

1930 statistical atlas on society and the economy by Otto Neurath and German council communist artist Gerd Arntz in PDF format.

Art as a weapon: Franz Seiwert and the Cologne progressives - Martyn Everett

Fig 1.  Hans Schmitz  -  Mass

An account of Franz Seiwert and the 'Cologne Progressives', a group or circle of artists who followed and participated in the radical currents around the German council communist organisations AAU and especially the AAU-E. The 'Cologne Progressives' may be the most radical group of artists ever.

Art has a long history of use as a propaganda weapon by the powerful, who have patronised particular forms of art and particular artists as a means of enhancing or glorifying their own position. The icon-like portraits of Queen Elizabeth I provide an obvious example, as artists were forbidden to paint other than an officially approved likeness.