The Berlin of George Grosz: Drawings, Watercolours and Prints, 1912-1930

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No artist's work gives off the acrid whiff of Berlin during the 1920s as unmistakably as the paintings, drawings and prints of George Grosz (1893-1959). They teem with the characters who gave the capital of the Weimar Republic its by turns dangerously seductive and repulsive face: the prostitutes and pimps, the beggars and black marketers, the scheming politicians, vengeful military and judiciary, the dissatisfied workers and self-important bourgeoisie. In Grosz's work we can follow, through at first politically ...
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London/New Haven 1997 Soft Cover First Softcover Edition Near Fine Exhibition Catalogue. 4to-over 9?"-12" tall. Wrappers, sewn binding., very minor bump to bottom fore-corner ... with negligible impact. no other flaws, clean, no markings.; xipp., 212pp., profusely illustrated in color and b/w.; contains essays by the author and christopher clark, and includes a chapter of excerpts of writings on grosz by various of his contemporaries. Read more Show Less

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Overview

No artist's work gives off the acrid whiff of Berlin during the 1920s as unmistakably as the paintings, drawings and prints of George Grosz (1893-1959). They teem with the characters who gave the capital of the Weimar Republic its by turns dangerously seductive and repulsive face: the prostitutes and pimps, the beggars and black marketers, the scheming politicians, vengeful military and judiciary, the dissatisfied workers and self-important bourgeoisie. In Grosz's work we can follow, through at first politically committed but then increasingly disillusioned eyes, the course of Germany from defeat in the First World War through economic and political crisis to the rise and triumph of Fascism. Given Grosz's stature and the still-growing interest in modern German art, it is extraordinary that the exhibition at the Royal Academy will be the first in Britain since 1962. It will include about 150 of his finest works on paper and will show a number of major works never previously seen. The catalogue will also provide information, unfamiliar to a non-German audience, about a fascinating and complex artist: several of Grosz's key theoretical essays and most of his revealing letters have never been translated into English.
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This volume demonstrates how brilliantly Grosz caught the life, and more importantly the feverish imagination, of a city and a nation in a particularly turbulent time. Marrying the jumpy lines and figural distortions of cubism to narrative subjects and an angry sense of morality, he illuminated the tawdry, often violent, lives of Berlin's down-and-out, its powerbrokers, and its murderers, during the chaotic Weimar years of the 1920s, in corrosive, unsettling, kinetic images. The drawings and prints of drunken prostitutes and their leering customers, calm murderers inspecting the bodies of their victims, fat businessmen and their voluptuous mistresses, prim bourgeoisie and exhausted workers, and mutilated ex-soldiers, are complemented here by some of Grosz's less familiar, and equally disturbing, watercolors. Whitford, a former lecturer in art history at Cambridge, provides a useful introduction to Grosz's life and times, and detailed and very helpful annotations to the artwork. A superb overview of a unique career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300072112
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

President's Forword
Acknowledgements
Lenders to the Exhibition
Editorial note
The Many Faces of George Grosz 1
Weimar Politics and George Grosz 21
Grosz Through the Eyes of His Contemporaries 28
Grosz as an Art Theorist 32
Catalogue 41
Chronology 197
Bibliography 202
Index 205
Photographic Credits 208
Friends of the Royal Academy 209
Royal Academy Trust 209
Sponsors of Past Exhibitions 211
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