The name “Neue Sachlichkeit” refers to a movement which was closely affiliated to social and political issues during the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. These artists were interested in the realities of life in big cities and in details of everyday existence. They searched for images that represented developments in society and the political and economic repercussions thereof and found inspiration in the topography of burgeoning industrial landscapes.
The “Neue Sachlichkeit” movement came to the fore in Hanover over the course of the 1920s in the form of works by a number of young artists. These included Fritz Burger-Mühlfeld, Friedrich Busack, August Heitmüller, Grethe Jürgens, Hans Mertens, Gerta Overbeck, Karl Rüter, Edgar Scheibe, Ernst Thoms and Erich Wegner, to name but some.