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George Grosz
Two Women Walking, c. 1929
Watercolor on paper
29 3/4 x 23 inches
Signed at lower right: Grosz

PROVENANCE
Bella Fishko, New York, c. 1985-95; to
[Forum Gallery, New York]; to
Private collection, Philadelphia, in 1995, until the present

Two Women Walking was created in 1929, just a few years before George Grosz emigrated from Germany to the United States. He arrived in New York as a famous and successful social satirist, albeit highly controversial, whose work had been widely published in portfolios and illustrated magazines.

Grosz’s subjects were the rich and the poor, the upstanding and the debauched. During the 1920s, he made many watercolors portraying the full range of life in Germany during the Weimar Republic. These works were widely collected by wealthy Germans who were often the objects of his satire, as seen here with these two well-dressed Berlin women who are recognizable as archetypal bourgeoisie.

RECORDED

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009, Adventures in Modern Art:The Charles K. Williams II Collection,  pp. 163, 164, pl. 49, illus. in color, 166

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