- Painter, graphic artist of the New Objectivity
Grosz was born in 1893 in Berlin as Georg Ehrenfried Groß. His father was a restaurant owner. Thanks to his artistic talent, he was admitted to Dresden’s Royal Academy of the Arts in 1909. After that, he attended Berlin’s school of the arts, where he became a mentee of Emil Orlik. Although he volunteered to serve in World War I, he was declared unfit for military service in 1915 because of an illness. In 1916, he changed his name to George Grosz. Grosz was one of the Weimar Republic’s most influential artists. His works are considered part of the avant-garde art genre referred to as the New Objectivity. In addition, Grosz became involved in politics, joining the KPD in 1919. His political views, sharply critical of society, were also reflected in his artwork. After the Nazis seized power, he immigrated to the US, where he continued his career. In 1958, Berlin’s Academy of Arts elected him extraordinary member of the “Visual Arts” department. He died shortly after moving to Berlin.
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