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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1054

    George Grosz (1893-1959)

    Garantievorschlag des Reichverbandes der deutschen Industrie

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    George Grosz (1893-1959)
    Garantievorschlag des Reichverbandes der deutschen Industrie
    with Nachlass stamp (on the reverse)
    pen and India ink on paper
    20 x 25 5/8 in. (52.3 x 65 cm.)
    Drawn in 1923


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    This drawing illustrates the power dynamics between France and Germany following World War I. Two German gentlemen bow and plead to a massive frog (a derogatory term for the French) that holds a bloody sword in its mouth. The figure on the left promises a written guarantee of good payment and the kneeling figure to his right begs for assistance in fighting the Communists.

    Provenance

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