- George Grosz
- FEINSLIEBCHEN (SWEETIE)
- signed Grosz, titled and numbered No. 8 (lower right)
watercolour on paper
Galerie Stenzel, Breslau (on consignment from the artist)
Dr. Ismar Littmann, Breslau (acquired from the above on 4th March 1925; sale: Paul Graupe, Berlin, 21st-22nd March 1932, lot 93)
Private Collection, Paris
Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London
Acquired from the above by the late owner on 20th January 1983
Executed in 1925, Feinsliebchen represents all the biting satirical elements and the combination of debauchery and sexual depravity that define the artist's best work from this period. The woman, depicted in a green hat and purple dress is dominating the picture plane. With her pouted red lips and catty eyes, she is posing in the dark streets of an urban setting in post-World War I Germany, provocatively gazing at the viewer, whilst kinkily lifting her dress, her pink handbag nonchalantly hanging from her left shoulder. The man in the background, hiding his face in the collar of his coat, not wanting to be seen, is disappearing from the scene. The subject typifies Grosz's mordant social satire and, despite its vibrant colours, epitomises the artist's gaze into the darker sides of life in Weimar Germany.
Commenting on the significance of George Grosz's work, Lothar Fischer remarked: 'For the future artist generations to come Grosz will remain one of the strongest artists of the 20th century. His razor-sharp draughtsmanship, as well as the contents and colouring of his pictures communicate a social and psychological reality which constantly questions the concept of morality and human interaction anew' (L. Fischer in George Grosz, Die Berliner Jahre (exhibition catalogue), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1986, p. 26).