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A Hunger Fantasy

ca. 1947 George Grosz Born: Berlin, Germany 1893 Died: Berlin, Germany, Federal Republic of 1959 watercolor and ink on paper sheet: 25 3/8 x 19 in. (64.5 x 48.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation © 1947, George Grosz 1986.6.40 Not currently on view

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In 1933, George Grosz immigrated to the United States to escape persecution from the growing Nazi presence in his native Germany. He had served in the German army during World War I but was disillusioned by corruption and greed in the Weimar Republic that followed and began exhibiting paintings critical of the privileged classes. A Hunger Fantasy, which shows a drooling creature greedily clutching wine, bread, and a sagging piece of meat, revisits his early condemnation of gluttony and self-indulgence.

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Figure male

Object - foodstuff - bread

Object - foodstuff - wine

Recreation - leisure - eating and drinking



paint - watercolor

paper - laid paper