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George Grosz (1893-1959)
Property from a Private Collection, United States
George Grosz (1893-1959)

Ida (Figurine für Ivan Goll) (recto); Methusalem oder der Ewige Bürger (verso)

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George Grosz (1893-1959)
Ida (Figurine für Ivan Goll) (recto); Methusalem oder der Ewige Bürger (verso)
inscibed 'Ida weisses Kleid' (lower right; recto); inscribed, dated and with Nachlass stamp 'Der Ewige Bürger 1922' (verso)
watercolor and pen and India ink on paper (recto); pencil on paper (verso)
18 5/8 x 12 1/8 in. (47.3 x 30.8 cm.)
Executed circa 1922
Provenance
Estate of the artist.
Stanley John Allen; sale, Sotheby's, New York, 3 November 2005, lot 266.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
R. West, "George Grosz, Figure for Yvan Goll's Methusalem," The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 55, no. 9, April 1968, pp. 91-94 (illustrated, fig. 5).
Exhibited
New York, Rachel Adler Gallery, Towards the Restructuring of the Universe, May-June 1986, no. 7 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

The present watercolor is a costume study for Iwan Goll's 1922 play, Methusalem, other designs for which reside in the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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