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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1057

    George Grosz (1893-1959)

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    George Grosz (1893-1959)
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    signed 'Grosz' (lower right)
    pen and India ink on paper
    23 ¼ x 18 1/8 in. (59.2 x 46 cm.)
    Drawn in New York in 1933


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Grosz roamed New York City day and night when he moved from Berlin in 1933, filling his sketchbooks with urban observations. In the evening, back in his small hotel room, he would create large, finished versions of these scenes, such as the present work. Identified by the server’s hat as a scene unfolding in the fast-food chain restaurant “Nedicks,” the socio-economically diverse customers all crowd around a counter to eat lunch. This was and in many ways still is a quintessentially New York moment.

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    ACA Galleries, New York.
    Robert Atkins, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1985.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A FAMILY COLLECTION