• Impressionist Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2218

    Impressionist Modern Works on Paper

    4 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 171

    George Grosz (1883-1959)

    Amor Lichtspiele

    Price Realised  

    George Grosz (1883-1959)
    Amor Lichtspiele
    signed, inscribed and dated 'George Grosz Berlin 1924' (lower right) and titled 'AMOR LICHTSPIELE' (upper center)
    watercolor and pen and India ink on paper laid down on paper
    23 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (60 x 46 cm.)
    Executed in Berlin, 1924


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    In the early 1920s, Grosz's mordant drawings and his contribution to Dadaist happenings and journals had made him a popular figure. His marriage to Eva Peter in 1920 and the relative stabilizing of the economy in 1923 made an impact on Grosz and from this time on the tenor of his satire becomes less incisive as his line grew softer and his colors brighter. After a trip to the Soviet Union in 1922 his themes became less specifically critical and he began to render the life about him with greater realism.

    Provenance

    Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 3 May 1974, lot 324.
    Private collection, Connecticut (acquired at the above sale); sale, Christie's, London, 4 April 1989, lot 363.
    Acquired by the present owner in the early 1990s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR