Karl Marx’s favourite painting

Workers before the city council, Dusseldorf

They are presenting a petition of protest to the city fathers of Düsseldorf in an opulent council chamber. Through a large window, an orator can be seen in the square outside addressing a raging crowd. Marx loved this painting for its stark depiction of what he saw as class conflict. In a rave review for the New York Tribune, he [Karl Marx] praised Hasenclever for conveying in one image a state of affairs that a progressive writer could only hope to analyse over many pages of print.


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