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Charcoal on transparent paper, ca. 1912. Signed “Groß” (George Grosz’ civil name). Verso with the estate number „4 155 5“.
Georg Groß, born in Berlin 1893 but raised in a small village in East Pommern/Germany (now Poland), took the name of George Grosz only in 1916 (in the middle of world war I) in order to demonstrate his anti-German and pacifist stance. During his first longer stay in Berlin 1912 he started drawing street scenes (like the one presented here) and many of the later ink drawings where reproduced as photo lithographs and assembled in books and portfolios (of which many were prosecuted by German courts because of their bold criticism), “Ecce Homo” of 1922/23 being one of the most famous.