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George Grosz (German, 1893–1959)
LOT ID: 72586
Central Park, 1934

Watercolor, Ink, on paper
20 х 14 in. (50.8 x 35.56 cm.)
Signed, lower left on recto.
Lot description
This watercolor by German-American Expressionist painter George Grosz depicts a view of the New York City skyline from Central Park. Painted in 1934, the year after the artist left from the Weimar Republic in Germany, this watercolor marks a turning point in Grosz's style when he began to break from the satirical and surrealist style he was previously known for. This change in the artist's style coincides with his arrival to the U.S., and seems to imply that he left behind part of his German past, replacing his previously shocking imagery for a softer style and more subdued subject matter. The scene is rendered in Grosz's signature unique color palette.

German artist George Grosz (1893-1959), known especially for his satirical drawings of 1920s and 1930s that captured the mood of the Weimar Republic and Berlin society, was a member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity groups, and his work expressed the despair, hate and disillusionment of that era. Strongly opposed to the Nazi regime, the artist fled to the U.S. in 1933. There he began teaching at the Art Students League in New York. In 1954 Grosz entered the American Academy of Arts and Letters and four years later, the Academy of Fine Arts of Germany.
Central Park by George Grosz
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