The World's Craziest Painter's 'Mill of Rejuvenation'

London | November 2018

Described by Life magazine in the 1930s as the 'world's craziest painter', Austrian artist Franz Sedlacek's work was raw, provocative and harshly satirical. Veering between enthusiasm for new technology and a scepticism of progress, 'The Mill of Rejuvenation' depicts men taking their old wives to the local mill to be transformed into young beauties through the miracle of modern machinery. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover Sedlacek's surreal reflection on the horrors of war and the underlying unease of the times - a highlight of our upcoming sale 20th Century Art – A Different Perspective (13 November | London). Click here to watch more videos.

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