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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1059

    George Grosz (1893-1959)

    Refugees, The Artist with his Two Children (recto); Bürgerwehr (verso)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    George Grosz (1893-1959)
    Refugees, The Artist with his Two Children (recto); Bürgerwehr (verso)
    with Nachlass stamp (upper left)
    pen and India ink on paper
    24 7/8 x 18 7/8 in. (63.2 x 48 cm.)
    Drawn in 1934


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    Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    While Grosz loved and embraced life in America, one can never forget the circumstances under which he made the decision to leave his home. The many refugees who had to flee from the extreme repression of freedom of expression, not to mention those who had to flee to save their lives and the lives of their families, are embodied in this self portrait of the artist with his two children.

    Provenance

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