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
Photolithography, the hybrid technique used to make this print, was George Grosz's preferred process and he used it frequently.
In this print, 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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