Thursday, July 27, 2017

George Grosz, savage, powerful artist

July 26, 2017. George Grosz (July 26, 1893 - July 6, 1959) was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933.

n his drawings, usually in pen and ink which he sometimes developed further with watercolor, Grosz did much to create the image most have of Berlin and the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. Corpulent businessmen, wounded soldiers, prostitutes, sex crimes and orgies were his great subjects (for example, see Fit for Active Service). His draftsmanship was excellent although the works for which he is best known adopt a deliberately crude form of caricature.

Portrait of turmoil … George Grosz's Down with Liebknecht, 1918. Courtesy Richard Nagy gallery

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I was not familiar with George Grosz. His work is not what I like, but it is striking and "savage" as you put it.