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GEORGE GROSZ, 1893-1959: RADICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MODERN ERA. Reprint. Ivo Kranzfelder. Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2013. First published 1994. Basic Art. 96 pp. with 142 ills. (75 col.). 23 x 19 cm. ISBN 9783822808917 In English.
Publisher's description: George Grosz (1893 1959) was one of the most important exponents of Dadaism, and therefore of political painting in general. He not only condemned both militarism and bourgeois culture, but also set himself in opposition to traditional forms of art. The decisive element in Grosz's paintings is their content: in them he pointed out defects in the political and social conditions, literally arraigning them before the public. For Grosz, painting served as a political instrument: "I drew and painted from a sense of contradiction and through my work tried to convince the world that it was ugly, sick, and phony." Fascinated by the metropolis, Grosz depicted the wild and dissolute life in the bars and nightclubs of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s. He directed his attention to the shady side of life and filled his canvas with caricatures of distorted figures. Grosz never permitted human beings to emerge as individuals, but instead always portrayed types, as representatives of a social level or class. After the publication of his candidly drawn "pornographic illustrations," Grosz fell under strong criticism in the 1920s. The Nazis castigated his works as "degenerate art."
Artist(s):Grosz, George
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — 1900-1945 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 157832
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