The bourgeois knows no love--only exploitation and dupery. Up, up to battle against the ugly predator, the thousand-headed Kaiser of tomorrow greedy for booty, the denier of God and Anti-Christ! -An alle Künstler, Dichter, Musiker (To all Artists, Poets, and Musicians), 1919
WORKS PICTURED Ludwig Meidner, I, Battered Lump of Clay, 1917[Juedisches Museum Frankfurt am Main]
WORKS BURNED Monographs about Meidner
Artist and poet Ludwig Meidner (1884-1966) was the foremost and most radical exponent of a second wave of Expressionism, a movement which championed the cause of the exploited and suppressed. Military service during World War I also made Meidner an avowed pacifist. He advanced socialist goals in his 1919 An alle Künstler, Dichter, Musiker (To all Artists, Poets, and Musicians). This work challenged the existing social order and urged artists to become socialists and protect the "greater good." In 1933, Meidner was placed on the list of banned writers and artists. Also in danger because of his Jewishness, Meidner left Germany in 1939, and did not return until 1953.