Christian Schad (21.8.1894, Miesbach -25.2.1982, Stuttgart) was a German painter associated with the New Objectivity movement and Verismo. In 1913, while studying at the art academy in Munich, he created his first expressionist woodcuts. At the outbreak of World War I, the young artist settled in Zurich, where he joined the Dada movement and contributed to launch „Sirius“, a literary review.
After intermediate stops in Rome, Naples, and Vienna he settled in Berlin in 1928 and adopted the realistic style of the New Objectivity movement. Considered as a group, Schad's portraits form an extraordinary record of life during the „Golden Twenties“ in the years following World War I. After the Nazi’s seized power Schad's art was not marked as "degenerated", but he was denied recognition and lived a life in obscurity. Not until 1972 his artistic oeuvre was honoured with an exhibition at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and in 1980 at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Berlin.