Oil on Wood 1919
many of his contemporaries, Wollheim had been inducted and
served in the First World War. While in the trenches he
produced dozens of sketches, many of which later became
the basis for a series of profound antiwar paintings.
himself was shot in the stomach and nearly died from the
serious wound - and it is certain this experience was the
inspiration for this disturbing work, Der Verwundete
(The Wounded Man). The
terrible misery that German soldiers suffered during the
war led to their radicalization. Their lives had been squandered
on the battlefields, and when they returned home, mutilated,
crippled, and shell shocked, they were unwanted and forgotten.