Roh, Franz, 1890-1965

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German art historian and pioneer critic of 20th century avant-garde, who took an interest in the study and development of photography as an art form. In addition, he served as faculty at a number of institutions, including the University of Munich. Roh studied and lived primarily in Munich.

From the description of Franz Roh papers, ca. 1911-1965. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79019707

Klinkhardt & Biermann, based in Berlin, was Roh's publisher.

From the description of Correspondence from Franz Werfel, 1925. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155865074

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Franz Roh (1890-1965) was a noted art historian, photographer, and critic of the early twentieth-century avant-garde. He began his career working for Cicerone, Kunstblatt, and other journals publishing on art topics. In 1925, with the encouragement of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, he published Nachexpressionismus-Magischer Realismus . Through this he gained prominence in the artistic circles of the avant-garde, which led to his co-publication of Foto-Auge with Jan Tschichold in 1929. The progressivism of his work led to Foto-Auge being sequestered and confiscated, and eventually led Roh to a brief imprisonment when he was forbidden to write by government censors in 1933. He was, however, awarded a professorship in modern art at the University of Munich in 1946, a position he held for the remainder of his life. He continued to promote contemporary art in the years after the war and became president of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) in 1951. He died in Munich in 1965.

From the guide to the Franz Roh papers, 1911-1965, (Getty Research Institute)

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associatedWith Arp, Jean, 1887-1966. person
associatedWith Baader, Johannes, 1875-1955. person
associatedWith Bayer, Herbert, 1900-1985. person
associatedWith Campendonk, Heinrich, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith Carnap, Rudolf, 1891-1970. person
associatedWith Flitner, Wilhelm, 1889- person
associatedWith Frankl, Paul, 1878-1962. person
associatedWith Freyer, Hans, 1887-1969. person
associatedWith Fritsch, Ernst, 1892-1965. person
associatedWith Fuhr, Xavier, 1898-1973. person
associatedWith Giedion-Welcker, Carola. person
associatedWith Götz, K. O. (Karl Otto), 1914- person
correspondedWith Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Hartlaub, Gustav Friedrich, 1884-1963. person
associatedWith Hausmann, Raoul, 1886-1971. person
associatedWith Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966. person
associatedWith Kanoldt, Alexander, 1881-1939. person
associatedWith Klinkhardt & Biermann Verlag. corporateBody
associatedWith Kricke, Norbert, 1922- person
associatedWith Mense, Carlo, 1886-1965. person
associatedWith Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946. person
associatedWith Molzahn, Johannes, 1892-1965. person
associatedWith Münter, Gabriele, 1877-1962. person
associatedWith Nebel, Kay Heinrich, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Neurath, Otto, 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Nohl, Herman, 1879-1960. person
associatedWith Proskauer, Henry G., 1915- person
associatedWith Rebay, Hilla, 1890-1967. person
associatedWith Reiche, Hans, 1914- person
associatedWith Renger-Patzsch, Albert. person
associatedWith Richter, Hans, 1888-1976. person
associatedWith Ritschl, Otto, 1885-1976. person
associatedWith Scheliha, C. (Nena) von. person
associatedWith Schlotter, Eberhard. person
associatedWith Schreib, Werner. person
associatedWith Schrimpf, Georg, 1889-1938. person
associatedWith Thwaites, John Anthony, 1909- person
associatedWith Vordemberge-Gildewart, Friedrich, 1899-1962. person
associatedWith Waetzoldt, Wilhelm, 1880-1945. person
associatedWith Westerdahl, Eduardo. person
associatedWith Westheim, Paul. person
associatedWith Westpfahl, Conrad, 1891-1976. person
associatedWith Wiessner, Georg Gustav, 1893- person
associatedWith Wölfflin, Heinrich, 1864-1945. person
associatedWith Wolfradt, Willi, 1892-1959. person
associatedWith Zwart, Piet, 1885-1977. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Germany
Mexico
Subject
Art criticism
Art, Modern
Photography
Art museums
National socialism and art
Art--Exhibitions
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Birth 1890-02-21

Death 1965-12-30

Germans

German

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