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Herrenvolk

A work made of woodcut on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut on cream wove paper.

Date:

1942/43

Artist:

Joseph LeBoit
American, 1907-2002

About this artwork

Decorated but bedraggled Nazi officers surrender to an unseen opponent in a bleak, wintry landscape. The caricatured officers are attired in very unorthodox vestments, including women’s bloomers, slips, shawls, rags, and lace, attesting to their dramatic lack of preparedness for the brutal Russian winter. Such depictions of Nazi soldiers were common for the time and served both to feminize and demean them, as well as to chastise their military oversights and pillaging. Here the exaggerated facial features are rendered more brutal by the woodcut technique, which also makes the icy landscape appear more jagged and stark.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Joseph LeBoit

Title

Herrenvolk

Origin

United States

Date

1942–1943

Medium

Woodcut on cream wove paper

Dimensions

460 × 351 mm (image); 479 × 370 mm (sheet, sight)

Credit Line

Gift of Mollie LeBoit

Reference Number

2007.320

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