A Hunger Fantasy

  • George Grosz, A Hunger Fantasy, ca. 1947, watercolor and ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1947, George Grosz, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.40

Exhibition Label
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
A Hunger Fantasy
ca. 1947
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Not on view.
sheet: 25 3/8 x 19 in. (64.5 x 48.3 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums Description
watercolor and ink on paper
  • Figure male
  • Recreation – leisure – eating and drinking
  • Object – foodstuff – bread
  • Object – foodstuff – wine
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