Lot 43 of 210:
George Grosz Bagdad-on-the-Hudson portfolio  

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Estimate:
$4,000 - $6,000

Title:
Bagdad-on-the-Subway
Author:
Grosz, George
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Print Club [Limited Editions Club]
Date:
1935
Description:

Six color collotypes after watercolors by George Grosz. 52.5x39 cm (20¾x15¼") sheet size, loose in printed paper folder and monk's cloth portfolio. One of 150 sets.

Each plate signed in pencil by the artist. Artworks depicting O. Henry's New York. Originally issued in 1935, this copy one of 17 unissued sets discovered in 1975 and offered to Limited Editions Club members, letter from the publisher included. George Grosz (German 1893-1959) is associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, along with Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. He was a member of the Berlin Dada group as well as associated with the German Expressionists. As a soldier in World War I Grosz witness the devastation of war which caused his art to comment on social criticism and the decay of German society as he saw it. He was a leftist activist contributing drawings in satirical and critical periodicals. His art was labeled as degenerate by the Nazis and displayed in the famous The “Degenerate Art Exhibition” in Munich 1937 which was designed to foster outrage with the public against un-German, Jewish and Communist art. He immigrated to the US in 1933, and became a naturalized citizen in 1938.

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Condition:
Portfolio sunned and lightly worn; prints fine.
 
Item number:
274679
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