The Nazi Drawings were created as a reaction to the horrors imposed by the Nazi regime against humanity. They were created in plain paper and ordinary pencil — the most humble, universal materials possible, he explained. Made over a six-year period and completed in the mid-1960s, it spans 33 images, tinted with washes of brown and rust. The drawings are large, ranging from roughly 40 inches to over 70 inches in height.
Mauricio Lasansky passed away a year ago, in April, 2012 at age 97. A great loss to the art world.
Of his Nazi Drawings, Lasansky says the following:
"Dignity is not a symbol bestowed on man, nor does the word itself possess force. Man's dignity is a force and the only modus vivendi by which man and his history survive. When mid-twentieth century Germany did not let man live and die with his right, man became an animal. No matter how technologically advanced or sophisticated, when a man negates this divine right he not only becomes self-destructive, but castrates his history and poisons our future. This is what The Nazi Drawings are about."