The Problem with Home (1)

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
The Problem with Home (1)

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Dissatisfied with the post-World War I intellectual and creative climate in Germany, Walter Spies at age twenty-eight, prepared to leave a newly successful artistic career in Germany. He planned to escape to the Dutch East Indies. He was both homosexually and inter-racially attracted to Asian males — something that would ultimately put him at odds with the ideals of manhood about to be promoted by the Nazi Party in Germany and, eventually, in the Dutch East Indies. Eventually, he would become known as one of the early founders of the school of “magical reality” in art.

Keywords: Walter Spies; painting; Dutch East Indies; Asian males; manhood

Chapter.  7927 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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