100 years ago today Germany declared war on Russia and ignited one of the deadliest conflicts in European history. Many artists romanticized war as a bringer of humanity.
But for artists like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner who fought in combat, they soon realized all humanity was lost.
"The war is catching on more and more. One only sees masks, no more faces."
In 1917, he made 11 watercolor drawings about the Apocalypse on the back of cigarette boxes. These images, 2 1/2 inches high reveal just how hopeless the war felt at the time. More on this album.
Page through the fully digitized album here. Or visit the Getty Center starting November 18 for a full exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War.
the worst thing is hanging out with people who don’t understand you and you have to be this whole other person around them ‘cause you know that if you be yourself they won’t accept you
I woke up this morning, you know? And the sun was shining, and it was nice, and all that type of stuff… And the first thing, I saw you. And I said, “Boy, this is gonna be one terrific day, so you better live it up, because tomorrow you’ll be nothing.” You see? And I almost was…
i’m that one friend at sleepovers who always questions the meaning of life at 3am