Art: Enemy of the State

Great artistry and great anger together made Francisco Goya's etchings of the Napoleonic War immortal. The bestialities of the last War were likewise excoriated by German Artist George Grosz. But not often in history has a regime officially at peace stirred an etcher to the anger and disgust shown in a portfolio to be exhibited early this month at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Entitled Ecraser l'Infàme ("Crush the Infamous"), these etchings are by a 33-year-old Austrian, Baron Rudolf Charles von Ripper, an "Aryan" and devout Roman Catholic, who, in the winter of 1933-34, spent three and a half months in...

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