Words by Terrie Dai
Title: Berlin Streetscene
Artist： George Grosz （1893 - 1959）
Work Date: 1930
Materials: Watercolour, ink and Oil On Paper
Size：h60 x w46 cm ( h23.6 x w18,1 in)
Collection: Private Collection
An elegant lady in heels and a fur collar haughtily curls her nose at a dapper gentleman who winks at her in a fashionable street. Only interested in their own flirtatious exchanges, they do not notice the old man in a threadbare suit beggung for money.
This watercolour scathingly caricatures the appalling social conditions of post-First World War Germany. A satire on the affected patriotism, selfish greed and depraved sensuality of the period, it is one of many which the artist produced that have a nightmarish quality.
Grosz's disgust at a decaying society of distorted morals, propaganda and self-indulgence led him to vent his anger through his biting satirical caricatures, and eventually to emigrate to the USA. His work gradually came to combine the satire of old with a new romanticism. He began his carrer as a caricaturist and became a leading member of the Dada group in Berlin after 1918.]
George Grosz (July 26, 1893 – July 6, 1959) was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural rawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933.
尺寸：高60 x 寬46 cm ( 高23.6 x 寬18,1 in)
佐治·格羅茲（1893 - 1959）是著名的德國藝術家。他狂野，辛辣筆觸描繪的，柏林生活的諷刺漫畫，在20世紀尤為著名。