The work of George Grosz, the revered chronicler of life in decadent Berlin, provides a multi-faceted and complex vision of German society between the collapse of the monarchy in 1918 and Hitler’s rise to power 14 years later. His oeuvre is an essential contribution to our understanding of life in the German capital during a turbulent, fateful moment in history.
From 1916 onwards, Grosz had an increasing interest in American culture, in the face of what he felt was a war-torn European decadence. Grosz permanently moved to America in 1933, less than a week before Hitler was appointed German Chancellor. The following selection of drawings by Grosz, executed between 1923 and 1934, tell the story of Grosz leaving Germany and becoming an American, and more widely represent the cultural migration from Europe to the United States in the middle of the 20th century.