Art: Big No, Little Yes

George Grosz, who became Europe's bitterest satirical artist, then fled to the New World, found his art in a German army insane asylum in 1917. Last week Grosz, in a readable autobiography (A Little Yes and a Big No; Dial, $7.50), showed that he could write almost as disgustedly as he could draw.

An innkeeper's son, raised in the small town of Stolp, Pomerania, young Grosz spent more time over dime novels than art until he was 14. Then he managed to peek in on a playmate's pretty aunt as she was undressing....

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