T00020 Drawing for 'Der Spiesser-Spiegel' c.1925
Inscribed 'Grosz' b.r.
Reed pen on paper, 24 3/4 x 19 7/8 (63 x 50.5)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1955
Prov: Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin and London (purchased from the artist); CAS 1936
Repr: George Grosz, Der Spiesser-Spiegel (Dresden 1925), 39th drawing
Der Spiesser-Spiegel (the title may be freely translated as The Mirror of the Bourgeoisie) is a book with reproductions of sixty satirical drawings and watercolours of Berlin life. 'The drawing', wrote the artist, 'is made with reedpen, then and there my favorite drawing material ... no delineation beforehand, I very often made many drawings of the same subject, till I deemed it allright' (letter of 8 September 1955)…