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Christian Schad and Dr Haustein: An Example of Art and Dermatology Under the Nazi Regime

Pablo Coto-Segura, MD; Covadonga Coto-Segura; Jorge Santos-Juanes, PhD
Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(2):214. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2007.51.
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Christian Schad, who was born in 1894 in Miesbach, Germany, played an important role in the Dadaist movement in Zurich, Switzerland. Between 1915 and 1920, he developed “schadographics.” Although he was not included in the 1925 Mannheim exhibition of New Objectivity, German artists' farewell to expressionism, he is strongly associated with this movement.1 Due to the cold precision of Schad's portraits, they seem to have been made with a scalpel rather than painted with a brush. Medicine played a vital role in the “schadiane” conception of art.

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Christian Schad (1894-1982). Portrait of Dr Haustein, 1928. Oil on canvas, 80.5 × 55 cm. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.

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