George Grosz

George Grosz (1893-1959) was born in Berlin as the son of a pub owner. Starting in 1909, he studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Dresden and the School of Arts and Crafts in Berlin. Grosz volunteered for military service in the First World War and served from 1914 to 1915 and again briefly in 1917, in the hope of avoiding being sent to the front.

He was severely scarred by his war experiences and produced works in the following period that dealt with pacifism and socially critical subjects. In the 1920s, Grosz became one of the most important representatives of the New Objectivity.

In 1933 Grosz emigrated to the USA and settled in New York. Five years later, he received US citizenship. Works by the painter and graphic artist can be found in almost all renowned collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London.