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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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Biological Degradation / Decay / Deterioration
Specific Areas Yes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Margin
Notes: very light damage to edges
Degree: Minor

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Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, Germany Galerie Bläser, Düsseldorf
  • Ships From: Germany
  • Shipping Dimensions: 27.32 x 20.47 in. (69.39 x 51.99 cm.)

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