George Grosz

1893 Born Georg Grosz in Berlin but grew up in Stolp, Pomerania, now Slupsk, Poland.

1909 Entered the Akademie der Künste in Dresden.

1913 Influenced by an exhibition of Italian Futurists in Berlin.

1914 In November he joins the army.

1915 Honourably discharged from the army on medical grounds.

1916 Grosz changes his first name to George.

1918 Joins the German Communist Party and the Berlin Dada group.

1928 A drawing showing Christ on the cross wearing boots and a gas mask leads to Grosz being tried for blasphemy.

1932 Grosz is invited to teach for two terms at the Arts Student League in New York.

1933 He emigrates to the United States.

1937 His works are displayed by the Nazis with those of Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and others in an exhibition of ‘degenerate’ art.

1959 Returns to West Berlin where he dies soon after his arrival.


Country, Region or State:

Germany United States of America

George Grosz - Selected Works

1916 Suicide, London, Tate

1917 The City, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

1918 White Slaver, Darmstadt, Hessische Hausstiftung

1918 Homage to Oscar Panizza, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

1919 Remember Uncle August, the Unhappy Inventor, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1920 Republican Automata, New York, MOMA

1920 Daum Marries her Pedantic Automaton in May 1920, John Heartfield is Very Glad of it, Berlin, Galerie Nierendorf

1926 Eclipse of the Sun, Huntington, NY, Heckscher Museum

1928 Artist and Model, New York, MOMA

George Grosz - Featured Paintings

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