Lot 110
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GEORGE GROSZ | Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Woman and Song)

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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  • George Grosz
  • Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Woman and Song)
  • signed Grosz (lower right); inscribed Grosz,...(Wein, Weib und Gesang und Kassenschrank) by another hand (lower left)
  • pen and ink and spritz technik on paper
  • 58.9 by 40.1cm., 21 1/4 by 15 3/4 in.
  • Executed in 1922.


Sale: Gutekunst & Klipstein, Bern, 16-17th May 1958, lot 320
Karl Ströher, Darmstadt (acquired in 1958)
Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher, Switzerland (by descent from the above in 1977)
Thence by descent to the present owner in 2016


Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina; Linz, Neue Galerie & Graz, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, George Grosz, 1893-1959, 1965, no. 79, illustrated in the catalogue
Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Sammlung Karl Ströher, 2, 1965, no. 26, illustrated in the catalogue
Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Bildnerische Ausdrucksformen, 1910-1960, 1970, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue


Erika Pohl, Ursula Ströher & Gerhard Pohl (ed.), Karl Ströher, Sammler und Sammlung, Stuttgart, 1982, no. 191

Catalogue Note

In this political and socially charged drawing the artist holds up a satirical mirror to the Germans, the so called 'Volk der Dichter und Denker (People of Poets and Thinkers)'. The title refers back to the couplet "Who loves not woman, wine, and song / Remains a fool his whole life long" which appears in print as early as 1837 in a German verse attributed to Martin Luther.

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Ralph Jentsch.