Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1931.268
© Estate of George Grosz / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Catalogue raisonné: Dückers E66
In Street, George Grosz lays out the nightmare of postwar Germany: the disabled, homeless soldier panhandling; the overstuffed bourgeois capitalist; the dismal grind of the workers; and the shameless prostitute. This image reveals his satirical—verging on misanthropic—view of German society after the war. He wrote: “The slaughter takes place on the city streets.” Grosz’s approach to printmaking differed from that of many of his contemporaries. He saw it as a means to reproduce his drawings, thus quickly distributing his political and social ideas to the widest possible audience.
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