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Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant Garde in Nazi Germany

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What the censors of the Third Reich forbade, they also made prominent. After stripping 16,000 works of avant-garde art from the nation’s museums, 650 were selected for a touring exhibition of ”degenerate” art. Thus nearly three million viewers were able to see excellent pieces by such masters as Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, and Emil Nolde. A partial reconstruction of that exhibit (including 150 pieces from the original show), assembled by the Los Angeles County Museum, is now on view there. Degenerate Art is the accompanying book and provides extensive commentary on the period, in addition to reproductions of the works. A