Autograph Letter Signed with Illustrations, on his printed personalized stationery, in German and English, folio (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches) Huntington (NY), March 1, 1956. GEORGE GROSZ.
GEORGE GROSZ

(1893-1959) German-American expressionist artist.

Autograph Letter Signed with Illustrations, on his printed personalized stationery, in German and English, folio (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches) Huntington (NY), March 1, 1956.

Grosz turns a letter to his friend into a colorful artwork ending with a sketch of a watercolor pencil crossed with a paintbrush. Mixing German and English and red, blue, green, and purple, he tells his friend, "you are one of the few people who do not bore me. Everybody just talks stupidly 'intellectual' picked up from their TV commentations...you in any case old boy (hands on the trouser seam) [standing at attention] you old boy, THANKS, also in Eva's name for the lovely (sadly ever scarcer) evening. War OKAY...Not too long. Time is running out...." He signs, "George." Below his signature, he draws the brush with purple bristles crossing the watercolor pencil facing the opposite direction. He refers to his wife, Eva. The crossed brush and pencil may be a reference to crossed swords suggesting that writing and drawing implements are the deadlier weapons. Near his signature, above and to the right, Grosz added a small collage element, initialed in purple with an arrow following "G.G." The initialed element references his Dada works of the 1920s.

After serving in the German army in W.W.I, Grosz became known for his satirical caricatures depicting corruption in postwar Germany. He publicly denounced Hitler and the Nazi regime and moved to the United States in 1932, becoming a citizen in 1938. He was active in the Dada movement in post war Germany and contributed to the development of photomontage. Grosz returned to Berlin in 1958 and died their the following year.

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