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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1055

    George Grosz (1893-1959)

    Hoover

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    George Grosz (1893-1959)
    Hoover
    signed 'Grosz' (lower right); with Nachlass stamp (on the reverse)
    brush and pen and India ink over pencil on paper
    23 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (60.3 x 45.9 cm.)
    Drawn in 1932


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Grosz witnessed firsthand the 1932 U.S. Presidential election, as he had taken a temporary teaching position that year at the New York Art Students League. The present work depicts Herbert Hoover, who took office in 1929, the year the American economy plummeted into the Great Depression. Hoover lost the election of 1932, mostly on account of his being blamed for the depressed economy. In fact, he had largely inherited the teetering economic situation from his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge. Grosz here depicts Hoover as a bust, an artefact of history to be placed up on a dusty shelf. The pickle over his head may be a reference to Coolidge, who was described as a dour personality who often looked “as though he had been weaned on a pickle.”

    Provenance

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