Watercolor , charcoal and pen and India ink dra...
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Cain and Abel. 1938. Watercolor , charcoal and pen and India ink drawing. Lower left signed and dated. On creme Ingres d'Arches MBM France laid paper (with the watermarks). 48 x 63 cm (18.8 x 24.8 in), size of sheet. [CH].
• This is one of the rarely offered works with a biblical war motif • Under the impressions of the Spanish Civil War and the destructive Nazi rule of Germany Grosz created several works with apocalyptic scenes and war pictures (cf. "Cain or Hitler in Hell", Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin). This watercolor offered here is also part of this group • In 1932 Grosz emigrated into the USA, the year this work was made he accepted US citizenship.
PROVENANCE: Collection Henri Weiner, Long Island (obtained as present from the artist in 1938). Private collection USA (2004-2011).
EXHIBITION: George Grosz. Ölgemälde und Aquarelle, Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Düsseldorf, October 1930, cat. no. 41 (with the title "Der Blinde"). Impressions du Front: Invalide aveugle. George Grosz - Otto Dix, Musée du Temps, Besançon, December 6, 2014 - March 15, 2015, p. 91 (with illu.), and p. 110, cat. no. 42. Raw War, Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, December 5, 2015 - January 18, 2016, pp. 94-97 (with illu.). The Art of War, Kazerne Dossin, Malines/Mecheln, October 22, 2017 - July 1, 2018, p. 17, with illu. on p. 37.
LITERATURE: Paul Haggard (Henri Weiner), The Silver Fleet, in: Esquire Magazine , September 1938. Christie's, New York, 2438th auction, May 5, 2011, lot no. 155. Ralph Jentsch, George Grosz 1893-1959. Ein großes Nein - Der visionäre Grosz, Antwerp 2013, pp. 262f. (with illu.) and p. 286., cat. no. 63.