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Hannah Höch (1889 - 1978)

Until World War I, Hannah Höch studies art in Berlin before joining the Red Cross. As she returns to school in 1915, she meets Raoul Haussmann who introduces her to the Dada group in 1919. She rapidly develops innovative photomontage techniques that denounce mass culture and the representations of women she reconsiders with collages of hybrid bodies - her Dada dolls - that define a new femininity. Although the Dadaists proclaimed to give equal chances to women artists, Hannah Höch has to fight to be considered more than a ‘sandwich, beer and coffee supplier’ - a misogynistic hypocrisy she denounces in her art pieces such as her partner, Raoul Haussmann’s portrait, Da-Dandy, in 1919. During World War II, she remains in Germany, hidden in her home although the Nazis have branded her as a degenerate. It took time to dislodge the German artist’s reputation as ‘Dada’s good girl’, the Louise Brooks-like muse of the men’s club, but from the late 1960s, scholars finally recognized her as a key dadaist and probably as art’s original punk.
 

Tags / Hannah Hu00f6ch - German Artist - 1920s - Feminism - Muses - It Women - Androgynous
Richard Kauffmann, Portrait of Hanna Höch
Richard Kauffmann, Portrait of Hanna Höch
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait with Raoul Hausmann, 1919
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait with Raoul Hausmann, 1919
Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Höch at the opening of the First International Dada Fair held at the Otto Burchard Gallery, Berlin, June 30, 1920. Photo by Robert Sennecke
Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Höch at the opening of the First International Dada Fair held at the Otto Burchard Gallery, Berlin, June 30, 1920. Photo by Robert Sennecke
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait in Holland, 1929
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait in Holland, 1929
Hannah Höch with one of her Dada dolls, c. 1925
Hannah Höch with one of her Dada dolls, c. 1925
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1926
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1926
Hannah Höch and her puppets, Berlin, First International Dada Fair, 1920
Hannah Höch and her puppets, Berlin, First International Dada Fair, 1920
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1971
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1971
First International Dada Fair. Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch (seated), Dr. Otto Burchard, Johannes Baader, Wieland Herzfelde, Margarete Herzfelde, Otto Schmalhausen (seated), George Grosz, John Heartfield, 1920
First International Dada Fair. Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch (seated), Dr. Otto Burchard, Johannes Baader, Wieland Herzfelde, Margarete Herzfelde, Otto Schmalhausen (seated), George Grosz, John Heartfield, 1920
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1930
Hannah Höch, Self-Portrait, 1930
Nelly van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian with Hannah Höch, Avril 1924
Nelly van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian with Hannah Höch, Avril 1924
Hannah Höch and Man Ray, 1958
Hannah Höch and Man Ray, 1958
Willy Roemer, Hannah Höch with the puppets representing her daughters Pax and Botta, 1920
Willy Roemer, Hannah Höch with the puppets representing her daughters Pax and Botta, 1920
Stefan Moses, Portrait of Hannah Höch, 1975
Stefan Moses, Portrait of Hannah Höch, 1975
Hannah Höch in Gotha, 1917
Hannah Höch in Gotha, 1917
Hannah Höch, Puppen, 1919
Hannah Höch, Puppen, 1919
Hannah Höch, Life Portrait, 1972- 1973
Hannah Höch, Life Portrait, 1972- 1973
Hannah Höch, 1972
Hannah Höch, 1972
Hannah Höch by Dietmar Bührer, Malerin, Berlin 1974
Hannah Höch by Dietmar Bührer, Malerin, Berlin 1974
Hannah Höch, 1920s
Hannah Höch, 1920s
Hannah Höch,Hans Richter, Juliet Man-Ray, Frida Richter and Man Ray, 1958
Hannah Höch,Hans Richter, Juliet Man-Ray, Frida Richter and Man Ray, 1958
Hannah Höch, Russian Dancer/My Double, 1928
Hannah Höch, Russian Dancer/My Double, 1928
Hannah Höch by E. Jorarro, 1970s
Hannah Höch by E. Jorarro, 1970s
Hannah Höch in her studio, 1976
Hannah Höch in her studio, 1976
Hannah Höch, Flucht (Flight), 1931
Hannah Höch, Flucht (Flight), 1931
Stefan Moses, Portrait of Hannah Höch, 1975
Stefan Moses, Portrait of Hannah Höch, 1975
Hannah Höch, Dada puppen, 1916/1918. Textiles, cardboard and beads
Hannah Höch, Dada puppen, 1916/1918. Textiles, cardboard and beads
The First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920
The First International Dada Fair, Berlin, 1920
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