George Grosz  (German, 1893-1959) 

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George Grosz (German, July 26, 1893–July 6, 1959) was an artist recognized for his caricature drawings of life in Berlin during the 1920s. Grosz got his start in the world of art when he was persuaded by a cousin to attend drawing classes. He began to experiment with his art by drawing fictional battle scenes and the local drinking scenes. Grosz studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in Germany from 1909 to 1911. He then studied at the Berlin College of Arts and Crafts under Emil Orlik (Czech, 1870–1932).

Grosz enlisted in November 1914 and tried to avoid going to the front. After being hospitalized for sinusitis in 1915, Grosz was discharged. Grosz, originally named Groß, changed his name in 1916 to Grosz in an effort to protest German nationalism. During the Spartacist Uprising in January 1919, Grosz was arrested, and he later fled using false identification. That same year, he joined the Communist Party of Germany, also known as the KPD. Accused of insulting the army in 1921, he was fined 300 German marks, and his collection of Gott mit uns, a German society satire, was confiscated and destroyed. In 1922, he left the KPD after returning from Russia. In 1932, Grosz took a teaching position for the summer at the Art Students League of New York in America.

He returned to Germany for a short time, and, on January 12, 1933, he and his family immigrated to America, and he became a citizen of the United States in 1938. He took a teaching position at the Art Students League in New York until 1955. Grosz published his autobiography titled A Little Yes and a Big No in 1946. He opened his own art school in his home in the 1950s, and he became the artist in residence at the Des Moines Art Center in New York. By 1954, Grosz had been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Grosz decided to return to Germany and spent his last days there before he died on July 6, 1959. His recognition did not stop with his death. An Oscar-nominated film titled George Grosz' Interregnum was created about him in 1960. Grosz was also portrayed in a supporting role in a film titled Max in 2002.

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George Grosz, Strassenbild

 

George Grosz
Strassenbild
1916

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
George Grosz, Woman in Interior

 

George Grosz
Woman in Interior
1913

Pensler Fine Art
George Grosz, Nachbars Lenchen oder: Frühlingserwachen

 

George Grosz
Nachbars Lenchen oder: Frühlingserwachen
Auction: May 3, 2014
Auktionshaus Kiefer
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George Grosz, Weiblicher Akt

 

George Grosz
Weiblicher Akt
1941

Galerie Henze & Ketterer
George Grosz, Ecce Homo (100 works)

 

George Grosz
Ecce Homo (100 works)
Auction: May 3, 2014
Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen
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George Grosz, Nackte im Boudoir

 

George Grosz
Nackte im Boudoir
1942

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
George Grosz, Lesender, stehender weiblicher Akt

 

George Grosz
Lesender, stehender weiblicher Akt
1941

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
George Grosz, Stehender weiblicher Rückenakt

 

George Grosz
Stehender weiblicher Rückenakt
1940

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
George Grosz, Nackte, Cape Cod

 

George Grosz
Nackte, Cape Cod
1940

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
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George Grosz, Les acrobates

 

George Grosz
Les acrobates
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George Grosz, Flower Piece

 

George Grosz
Flower Piece, 1937
oil on canvas

 

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George Grosz, Stehender, Weiblicher Akt

 

George Grosz
Stehender, Weiblicher Akt
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1893   Born in Berlin, Germany
1908   Expelled from grammar school
1911   Königliche Kunstakademie, Dresden, Germany
1912   College of Arts and Crafts, Berlin, Germany
1913   Trains at Colarossi's Studio, Paris, France
1954   Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
1958   Elected to the Academy of Fine Arts of Germany
1959   Died in Berlin, Germany
2010   George Grosz : Correct and Anarchic, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   George GroszThe Years in America: 1933-1958, David Nolan, New York, NY (solo)
2004   German Drawings and Prints from the Weimar Republic (1919–33), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1998   George Grosz-Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
1997   The Berlin of George Grosz: Drawings, Watercolors and Prints 1912-1930, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
1997   The New Objectivity, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
1993   Art & Politics in Weimar Germany, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, NY
1986   German Realist Drawings of the 1920's, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1985   German Art of the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
1980   Expressionism: A German Intuition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1978   Cityscape 1910-39: Urban themes in American, German and British art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
1975   George Grosz, Leben und Werk, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1959   Hecksher Museum, Huntington, NY
1954   Retrospective Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1952   Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX
1950   The Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
1948   The Stickmen, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1946   A Piece of My World in a World Without Peace, Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1945   Associated American Artists, Chicago, IL
1944   Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1943   Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1943   Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1941   Associated American Artists, New York, NY
1941   Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1939   Walker Gallery, New York, NY
1938   Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1937   Degenerate Art, Munich, Germany
1932   Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI
1930   Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1930   Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
1927   Oils, Flechtheim Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1925   Neue Sachlichkeit, Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
1920   First International Dada Fair, Berlin, Germany
1920   Hans Goltz, Munich, Germany (solo)
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY