Art: Nothingness of Our Time

One of George Grosz's first drawings, done when he was twelve, represented a battle in which childlike soldiers enthusiastically killed and maimed one another. Later, as a young man, Grosz did a pen & ink called After It Was Over They Played Cards, showing three murderers sitting over a dismembered corpse. In his obsession with death, Grosz became a rebel against life, against the way men live it and treat each other. Before he escaped from Naziism in 1932, he was one of Germany's best and bitterest satirists.

After he came to the U.S., Grosz softened a bit, did imaginative Manhattan skylines,...

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