Thursday, June 19, 2014

Portraits of rage at a disfunctional government by George Grosz 1893–1959

George Grosz (1893–1959) A Victim of Society. Remember Uncle August, the Unfortunate Inventor 1919

On July 26th in 1893 , George Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany.

George Grosz (1893–1959)1926 Portrait of Dr. Felix J. Weil

I remember a 2006 dispute that kept the Met from exhibiting one of his best portraits in its exhibition called “Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s.” There were claims that his work had been stolen by the Nazis & sold without his permission.

The work he produced in Germany was seething with rage & hate toward the Nazis and toward a political & economic system where everything was for sale & in a state of dissipation. Generally, he painted women as sex objects to be bought & discarded.

George Grosz (1893–1959) This Is My Dear Friend Erich Cohn 1936

After he came to America, he tried to forget, even to erase his older works. He concentrated on painting nudes & landscapes, which never achieved the power or force of his German paintings.

George Grosz (1893–1959) Brooklyn Circa 1934

His early portraits of men draw me to them. I am not usually attracted to portraits of men, but these men are compelling.