Berlin Street

George Grosz American, born Germany

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In Berlin Street, Grosz depicted several menacing city-dwellers against the backdrop of the modern metropolis, casting it as a hellish place animated by greed, cruelty, and ghoulish lust. A beggar, likely representative of the two million disabled World War I veterans who roamed the streets of Berlin, sits at lower left and holds up his hat to a woman, whose garish attire and make-up suggest prostitution. The palette of grays, browns, and blacks further emphasizes the grit and grime of city life. Distorted, soulless automatons, the figures appear as captives to capitalistic decadence.

Berlin Street, George Grosz (American (born Germany), Berlin 1893–1959 Berlin), Oil on canvas

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