2 November 2011
Property from a Private Collection, United States
George Grosz (1893-1959)
Joe Schenck in Hollywood
titled 'Joe Schenck in Hollywood' (lower right) and inscribed 'to Ben Hecht 1001 Afternoon' (lower left); with Nachlass stamp (on the reverse)
pen and India ink over pencil on paper
Image size: 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 in (44.1 x 44.1 cm.)
Sheet size: 23 3/8 x 18 1/8 in. (59.4 x 46 cm.)
Drawn in 1941
Estate of the artist.
Nolan Eckman Gallery, New York (by 2004).
Acquired by the present owner, circa 2005.
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B. Hecht, 1001 Afternoons in New York, New York, 1941, p. 299 (illustrated).
New York, Nolan Eckman Gallery, George Grosz, New York Drawings, October-December 2004.
Ralph Jentsch has confirmed the authenticity of this drawing.
Joseph Schenck, the subject of the present illustration for Ben Hecht's 1001 Afternoons in New York, was among the earliest Hollywood moguls, beginning with his movie chain partnership with Marcus Loew. He would later become the first president of United Artists, co-founded 20th Century Pictures (subsequently 20th Century Fox) and helped to establish the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, earning an honorary Oscar for his role in its creation in 1952.
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