Man in the Forest

Man in the Forest
, 1934

Pen and ink on paper
H.60.5 X W.47.0cm
Gift to Goya to Beijing project

George Grosz (1893-1959), Germany

This drawing is a possible self-portrait of Grosz; he was photographed in a similar unhappy, introspective pose around this time.

Living in the dark period of Weimar society, Grosz became known for his use of geniculated caricatures to criticize the dichotomy of poverty and decadence in 1920s Germany. His work was often censored by the Weimar government.

Having idolized American society in his youth, he immigrated to the United States in 1932. In his early years in the United States, from 1932-6, his work was comprised largely of landscapes and nudes; the fiery spirit of his youth is absent. Grosz would only take up his brush to critique society again when he attacks the Nazis, and later the war. Without an expression of his dissatisfaction with society in the early 30s, one is left to wonder what, then, is causing the artist the melancholy seen in this drawing of 1934?



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