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George Grosz (German, 1893–1959)
LOT ID: 77714
Standing Female Nude, 1942

Watercolor, Aquarelle, Pen and blue ink on paper
27.32 х 20.47 in. (69.39 x 51.99 cm.)
Signed, with signature stamp, lower right on recto and estate stamp on verso, numbered 1 73 3 in ink. This drawing will be included in Ralph Jentsch's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of works on paper by George Grosz.
Lot description
This vibrant and lascivious watercolor personifies Grosz's view of life in Germany during the Weimar Republic. Grosz pursued the erotic as early as 1912 when he produced drawings inspired by the sex murders from detective novels. A satirist, Grosz's vivid and exaggerated renderings were a way of giving form to his fantasies, whilst maintaining a sense of the whimsical. As M. Kay Flavel put it in 'George Grosz: A Biography', "Grosz’s sexually explicit drawings represented an attempt to remove sexual taboos and to destroy the distinction between the ‘secret’ realm of pornography and the public realm of high art.” In his later works, Grosz often portrayed himself as a protagonist.
German artist George Grosz (1893-1959) is known throughout the world for his satirical drawings from the 1920s and 1930s, that captured the mood of the Weimar Republic and Berlin society. Grosz was a member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity groups and his work expressed the despair, hate and disillusionment of that era. A prominent opponent of the Nazi regime, by 1933 he was forced to immigrate to the USA. 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.
Selected Public Collections:
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
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Standing female nude by George Grosz
  • Standing female nude by George Grosz
  • Standing female nude by George Grosz
  • Standing female nude by George Grosz
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