Interrogation by George Grosz

Grosz is renowned for challenging the politically corrupt regime and the decadence in Germany in the 1920's and early thirties through his sardonic and cutting satirical compositions.


Coloured inks & watercolour on paper
43.8 x 55.9 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £35,127)
Acquired in:
Montgomery Gallery

This watercolour was painted after the artist's emigration to the USA. Grosz has produced a sort of hybrid combining his raw, cutting and realistic composition but devoid of his characteristic over-exaggeration and pathos. This work shows the brutality exactly as he understood it and the huge 'fist of authority' coming through the window is perhaps the most symbolic feature of the composition. The work will be a pivotal example in the museum's exhibition surveying German, Russian and British war artists and those like Grosz, Levy, Chagall who commented from the side.


Serge Sabarsky Gallery, New York; Private collection, Florida; Sotheby's, New York, 1989; ACA Galleries, New York, Collection of Peter Bedford, California; Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco.

Venue details

Ben Uri: Art. Identity. Migration 108A Boundary Road, Off Abbey Road, London London NW8 0RH 020 7604 3991

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