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George Grosz- 21st November - 14th December
We are delighted to exhibit prints from George Grosz' 1923 landmark suite Ecce Homo.
Strangest Dream... 17th December - 26th Jan
Approaching the 100th Anniversary of WW1, Brook Gallery turns its attention to the Art created for and about human confilct.
George Grosz (1893 – 1959)
‘My Drawings will naturally stay true – they are fireproof. They will later be seen as Goya’s work. They are not documents of the class struggle, but eternally living documents of human stupidity and brutality’
'Ecce Homo' ('Behold the Man' - the words spoken by Pontius Pilate when he presented Christ to the people) was Grosz's largest portfolio, consisting of photo-lithographic reproductions of 84 black and white drawings and 16 watercolours. The drawings present a monstrous menagerie of Berlin characters, capturing the ugliness and corruption of a society living in the shadow of hyper-inflation and social disorientation, divided between fascism and communism.
These provocative and explicit drawings range from the primitive and graffiti-like, to complex Futuristic street scenes.
Shortly after publication in 1923, all available copies of the portfolio were seized by the Berlin police and Grosz and his publisher were prosecuted for obscenity. The Nazis ordered the offending plates and drawings to be destroyed; they were publicly burned in May 1933. These prints are from the very few surviving sets.