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- DescriptionInspired by the same society that gave rise to Christopher Isherwood's 'Berlin' stories and vels, the drawings in 'George Grosz: The Big No' present a caustic, comic view of Germany in the troubled years of the Weimar Republic. Ranging from primitive and graffiti-like drawings to complex Futurist street scenes with teeming crowds of overlapping figures, this collection shows Grosz at the height of his satirical powers, through a selection of works from his largest portfolio - 'Ecce Homo'. Pimps, black-marketeers, prostitutes, demobbed soldiers and the uveau-riche rub shoulders in drawings of razor-sharp acuity and technical precision. Also included are the powerful, anti-militarist 'Hintergrund' drawings, originally published in 1928 to accompany Erwin Piscator's production of 'The Good Soldier Schwejk', which resulted in criminal charges being brought against Grosz for 'blasphemy and defamation of the German military'.
- Author BiographyGeorge Grosz (1893-1959) was one of the greatest satirical writers of the twentieth century. A co-founder of the Berlin Dada group and a revolutionary in the 1920s, he made hundreds of drawings depicting the vices and injustices of capitalist society during the Weimar era, before emigrating to America in 1933, where he continued to work and teach, free from the prosecutions that had dogged him and his work in Nazi Germany. Lutz Becker is a filmmaker, curator and writer, best known for political and art documentaries including 'Double-Headed eagle' (1972) and 'Vita Futurista' (1987). An experienced curator, he has collaborated with numerous institutions on exhibitions such as 'The Romantic Spirit in German Art' (Hayward Gallery, 1994) and 'Cut and Paste - European photomontage 1920-45' (Estorick Collection, 2008).
- Author(s)Helen Luckett,Lutz Becker
- PublisherHayward Gallery Publishing
- Date of Publication08/08/2011
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHayward Gallery Publishing
- Content Note102
- Weight408 g
- Width154 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine17 mm
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