George Grosz: Berlin-New York (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/9/2
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George Grosz (1893–1959) was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group. He was born Georg Ehrenfried Groß in Berlin, but changed his name in 1916 out of a romantic enthusiasm for America. Anti-Nazi, Grosz left Germany in 1932, and in 1933 was invited to teach at the Art Students League of New York, where he would teach intermittently until 1955. Over 500 illustrations, drawings, and paintings in this book document the entire output of the artist’s German and American years, including drawings spanning from when the artist was the age of fifteen to his paintings made during his U.S. period. Also included are sketches of stage designs he created between 1919–1954 for theatre pieces by Bernard Shaw, Iwan Goll, Georg Kaiser, Paul Zech, and Jaroslav Kaek, as well as numerous collages. The volume is complete with unpublished photographs from the painter’s private life and two essays by Enrico Crispolti and Philippe Dagen.
"Ralph Jentsch, who directs the Grosz estate, has assembled a lush and comprehensive monograph that includes over 500 illustrations, drawings, and paintings. Additionally, there are previously unpublished personal photographs of the painter..." ~The Morning News
"Lush and comprehensive monograph that includes over 500 illustrations, drawings, and paintings. Additionally, there are previously unpublished personal photographs of the painter and two essays by Grosz scholars Enrico Crispolti and Philippe Dagen." ~IdentityTheory.com
This book is filled with full color reproductions of paintings, water colors, prints and other material. There are also many of his black ink, pen, pencil and crayon drawings and illustrations. This book chronicles the progression of his work from Germany to his time in the United States (and beyond.) It is interesting to see the transformation of his work over both time and place. The essays and commentary are well written and informative. I like it when they discuss the actual pieces reproduced in an art book and comment on every piece (in some manner.) They don't do that as much here as I would like but they do achieve this often. The plates are detailed clearly; I just wish they would have stated where all of the pieces were created (though it is possible they may not have exact information on this.) Minor quibbles aside, this really is a great retrospective of Grosz's work and I recommend it to anyone. Great Catalogues like this can disappear without warning so get it (at a reasonable price) while you can! I liked it so much I bought two copies.