WHY DID THE NAZIS INSIST THAT MODERN ART AND EXPRESSIONISM WAS DEGENERATE AND POORLY EXECUTED?

Essay Module 4
Directions:
Please choose ONLY one (1) of the following essay questions to answer. Essay must consist of at least 700
words (this equals two double-spaced pages in Times New Roman font 12), must be in complete
sentences and where necessary, appropriate information must be properly documented in MLA
style.
This essay, worth forty (40) points, must be submitted to the Assignment Box no later than
Sunday 11:59 EST/EDT in Module 4. (This Assignment Box maybe linked to Turnitin.)
Turnitin is a plagiarism identification service that can also assist students with term paper
reference methodology. The Turnitin tool compares your writing against all published sources
and also checks against previous classes’ written work(s). Source match cannot be more than
10%.
Essay Question Options:
1. Why did the Nazis insist that modern art and Expressionism was degenerate and poorly
executed? Describe the power of their repression and censorship. How does one
recognize propaganda? Is it possible to use propagandist techniques to influence
perception within a free speech environment? Is propaganda necessarily negative? Why
or why not?
2. How does government sponsorship influence the arts and creativity? In what ways were
the WPA-funded photography projects of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans different
from the Nazi-approved documentaries of Leni Riefenstahl? In what ways were the
WPA-funded projects propaganda?
3. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Using
the images and plans of the Bauhaus and German Pavilion, discuss the importance of
Wright for Gropius and Mies. What do their buildings share with the Robie House? How
do they depart from Wright’s example? Consider the way space is defined, the overall
appearance of the buildings, the types of materials used, the relationship between the
interior and the exterior, and the way the visitor encounters each of the structures.

  
 

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