Shepherd W&K Galleries
Privat Collection from 1966;
Privat Collection, Great Britain;
Galerie Bassenge, 2021.
The drawing was made at the end of the First World War, in an eventful time for the artist. In 1914 and 1917 he briefly took part in the war as a volunteer. After being drafted in 1917, Grosz fell into a deep psychological crisis, was court-martialled and was actually to be shot on the spot. This was only prevented by the intervention of Count Kessler, who was a friend of Grosz. However, the artist ended up in an insane asylum for several weeks. During this same period, on the other hand, he found access to the avant-garde circle around Else Lasker-Schüler and began to draw and write for various satirical newspapers such as "Ulk" or "Simplicissimus" and for self-published magazines. In 1917, when our drawing was made, he published his first portfolio of lithographs. Many of his often violent and satirical scenes from the politically charged and corrupt society of Berlin between the First World War and Hitler's rise to power were bundled together and reproduced in publications such as Ecce Homo (1925), which were confiscated by the public prosecutor.