T00019 A Married Couple 1930
Inscribed 'Grosz' b.l. and (possibly by another hand) 'EHEPAAR.1930' on the verso
Watercolour on paper, 26 x 18 5/8 (66 x 47.5)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1955
Prov: Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin and London (purchased from the artist); CAS 1936
Repr: Hans Hess, George Grosz (London 1974), fig.161, p.170
The artist said that the watercolour 'A Married Couple' belongs to a series of drawings and watercolours which he executed during the 'twenties up to 1930. He worked on a kind of portfolio entitled Natural History of the German Middle Class, for which he also wrote a text. Political events, however, interrupted his plans; he went to the United States and this portfolio was never finished.
'The watercolor, or rather watercolor drawing was first done in thin pen, in general outlined with red ink, and later colored (a bit like a Rowlandson print)' (letter of 8 September 1955).
A preliminary pencil study 57 x 44cm, showing the same two figures on the pavement against a background of shops, was sold at Sotheby's on 1 December 1969, lot 89 repr.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.342, reproduced p.342 3690