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George Grosz

Fecha de nacimiento: 26. Julio 1893
Fecha de muerte: 6. Julio 1959


George Grosz, de nombre real Georg Ehrenfried Groß fue un pintor alemán de la época expresionista. Fue un miembro prominente del movimiento Dada de Berlín y de la Nueva Objetividad durante su etapa en la República de Weimar, antes de emigrar a los Estados Unidos en 1933. Su estilo de hecho evolucionó del dadaísmo a la nueva objetividad, corriente de la cual fue uno de los principales maestros.

Frases George Grosz

„I see the future development of painting taking place in workshops.... not in any holy temple of the arts. Painting is manual labor, no different from any other. It can be done well or poorly.“

— George Grosz
Quoted by William Bolcom, in The End of the Mannerist Century / quoted in Art of the 20th Century, Part 1, Karl Ruhrberg, Klaus Honnef, Manfred Schneckenburger, Christiane Fricke; publisher: Taschen 2000, p. 190

„Yes, [to] the Communist party! [the presiding judge asked Grosz: 'Do you belong to a political party?']“

— George Grosz
In newspaper 'Frankfurter Zeitung', 4 Dec. 1930, second morning edition [copy, in the 'Archive of the National-Galerie', East Berlin]) the statement in this German newspaper reports of the case, brought against Grosz for 'blasphemy', over his portfolio of prints: 'Hintergrund' (Background)


„Art today is an absolutely secondary matter. Anyone who is able to look further than the walls of his own studio can see this... All the same, art is a business that demands a very clear decision from anyone who undertakes it. It is not immaterial where you stand in this business... Are you on the side of the exploiters or on that of the masses, who want to wring the exploiters' necks?“

— George Grosz
quote of Grosz, Nov. 1920 in: 'Zu meinen neuen Bildern', Das Kunstblatt 5., no. 1 (1921): as cited in 'Portfolios', Alexander Dückers; in German Expressionist Prints and Drawings - Essays Vol 1.; published by Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California & Prestel-Verlag, Germany, 1986, pp. 91-92

„Árt is dead. Long live Tatlin's new machine art.“

— George Grosz
Quote of Grosz and Heartfield, 1920: text on their billboard at the Dada fair in Berlin

„A composition should be simple and clear. That is why the drawings of children and primitives are so strong.“

— George Grosz
In: a student's unpublished papers 'Notes on Drawing and Water Golor, 1935-36', George Grosz estate, Princeton, N.J.; as quoted in: George Grosz: Leben und Werk, ed. Uwe M. Schneede; Verlag Gerd Hatje, Stuttgart 1975, p. 38 In the 1930's Grosz encouraged as art-teacher his students at the Art Students League in New York to study children's drawings

„Day after day gasped away, slowly seep hours when fettered or immured, only at times does imagination scale the palisades that the spirit of chaos and confusion, the spirit of reactionary bombast, has set up around us - dreams, dreams of endless, destructive hate! Mists of hate, beclouding the burning brain!“

— George Grosz
In a letter to Otto Schmalhausen, 4 April, 1917 (Briefe, p. 49); as quoted in 'Portfolios', Alexander Dückers; in German Expressionist Prints and Drawings - Essays Vol 1.; published by Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California & Prestel-Verlag, Germany, 1986, p. 89 - note 62 George Grosz was early January 1917 recalled into the German army, only to be transferred shortly afterward to Gorden mental hospital near Brandenburg. From there he wrote this letter. At the end of April 1917 he was sent home, and on 20 May he was discharged on grounds of 'permanent unfitness for duty'

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