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George Grosz in Berlin: The Relentless Eye

Rewald, Sabine, with an essay by Ian Buruma
2022
180 pages
110 illustrations
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This overdue investigation of George Grosz’s (1893–1959) most compelling paintings, drawings, prints, and collages offers a reassessment of the celebrated German Expressionist during his years in Berlin—from his earliest artistic endeavors to the trenchant satirical images and searing depictions of moral decay between the World Wars for which he is known today. Menacing street scenes, rowdy cabarets, corrupt politicians, wounded soldiers, greedy war profiteers, and other symbols of Berlin’s interwar decline all met with the artist’s relentless gaze, which exposed the core social issues that eventually led to Germany’s extreme nationalist politics. Featuring masterpieces as well as rarely published works, this book provides further insight into the artist’s creative pinnacle, reached during this critical and ominous period in German history.

Erste George Grosz-Mappe, George Grosz  American, born Germany, Portfolio of nine lithographs
1917
New York Street Scene, George Grosz  American, born Germany, Watercolor and ink on paper
1934
Berlin Street, George Grosz  American, born Germany, Oil on canvas
1931
German Men, George Grosz  American, born Germany, Pen and black ink on paper
1922
The Secret Emperor (The Industrialist Hugo Stinnes), George Grosz  American, born Germany, Ink on paper
1920
The Dollar at 300 (recto); I Buy and Sell (verso), George Grosz  American, born Germany, Reed pen and pen and black ink on Japan paper (recto); reed pen and black ink on Japan paper (verso)
1922
Young Girl, George Grosz  American, born Germany, Pen and black ink on paper
1924

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Rewald, Sabine, and Ian Buruma. 2022. George Grosz in Berlin: The Relentless Eye. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.