The idyllic landscape above and the luminous nude at the left are recent paintings by the once bitterest satirist in modern German art. In World War I, in which he fought unwillingly—he was a pacifist—Berlin-born George Grosz conceived an emetic loathing for man and all his works. A magazine illustrator in Kaiser Wilhelm's reign, he turned a ferocious drawing pen on post-war Germany, ripped at its vitals in thousands of drawings that resembled the scrawls of a shell-shocked child. His savage pictures, famed in art circles the world over, showed thick-lipped, cigar-chewing bankers leering...

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