Suicide by George Grosz

This horrific picture, with its savage imagery, harsh colours and restless composition, represents some of the most important elements in 20th century German art; it reflects the Expressionism of the Brucke and Blaue Reiter movements on the one hand and the disillusion of Berlin Dada on the other.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
85 x 79 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £109,000)
Acquired in:
1976
Vendor:
Private collector

It also anticipates much German art in the post war and Nazi period, particularly the work of Max Beckmann. It is a valuable addition to the Tate collection which has always been weak in this field.

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