Catalogue entryGeorge Grosz 1893-1959
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).
Both this and the following drawing were presented to the Contemporary Art Society by the famous German dealer Alfred Flechtheim, who became Grosz's dealer in 1923 and spent his last years as a refugee in this country.
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