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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1052

    George Grosz (1893-1959)

    Bach

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    George Grosz (1893-1959)
    Bach
    titled 'Bach' (lower right); with Nachlass stamp (on the reverse)
    pencil on paper
    23 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (60.1 x 46 cm.)
    Drawn in 1929


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Lots 1051-1053 are costume designs for Carl Sternheim's Der Kandidat, based on Gustave Flaubert's Le Candidat from 1873. The play was performed at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin on 27 January 1930. Grosz’s fascination with all aspects of the electoral process are displayed in his treatment of the four archetypes presented here. Sternheim and Grosz were both keen observers with a caustic, bitter temperament and by exaggerating certain features they produced parody and highly stylized social criticism.

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.