Art of the first half of the 20th century reflects disillusionment and pessimism. Ernst Kirchnerís Street, Dresden, 1907 depicts a monstrous population. Still years away from W.W.I, the women and children who are shopping on a sophisticated street are grotesquely distorted. Kirchnerís disillusionment is here directed at capitalism. These figuresí conspicuous consumption and materialism has psychically reduced them to a status less than human.




The obsession with their exteriority has robbed them of their interiority. Colors such as acid green, neon orange and sickening yellows, and anatomical features such as the claw-like hands evidence the devolution of mankind, the corrupting influences of urban life.