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ID number:  BIRBI-2010.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Grosz, George (1893-1959)
Title / Object name:  Querschnitt – Platin & Co.
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Berlin
Culture:  German
Date made:  1919-20
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  Paper 67.5 x 53.5 cm; mount 81.6 x 62.0 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Garton & Co., 2010

Overlapping scenes of wounded soldiers, prostitutes and bourgeois businessmen in a crowded and war torn metropolis were typical of Grosz’s work following the end of World War I. In 1914 and 1917 he had been called up for service in the war, both resulting in him being discharged within months following episodes of violence and time spent in a mental hospital. This hectic composition signifies Grosz’s hatred of German militarism.

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