inscribed Grosz by another hand (lower centre)
Georges Grosz Estate (acquired in 1959)
Private Collection, Europe
Galerie Neher, Essen
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1984
Grosz was immediately struck by the buzzing and dynamic city of New York on his arrival in 1933, first living in Manhattan hotels and a private home in the Village, and eventually settling in a studio and house in Bayside on Long Island in November of that year. The artist would roam the city streets by day and night, filling his sketchbook with the varied scenes he encountered. In the evenings, and later in his studio, Grosz executed large drawings and watercolours such as in the present work.
The Great Depression, that had by now gravely affected the US economy and created a climate of great uncertainty, did not prevent Grosz from depicting a lively and vibrant street scene. At a gas station, a man is handing out US flags for a demonstration or parade, while the vibrant lights plunge us into the reality of the scene: Grosz here marks his definitive arrival in the city of freedom and possibilities.
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