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Georg GrossGeorg Gross

Born: 1893 AD
Died: 1959 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Artists


1893 - Born in Berlin, Germany on the 26th of July.

1914 - He volunteered for military service; like many other artists, he embraced the first world war as "the war to end all wars.

1915 - He was quickly disillusioned and was given a discharge after hospitalization.

1917 - In January, he was drafted for service, but in May he was discharged as permanently unfit

1919 - He was arrested during the Spartakus uprising in January, but escaped using fake identification documents; he joined the Communist Party of Germany in the same year.

1920 - He created the image most have of Berlin and the Weimar Republic.

1921 - He was accused of insulting the army, which resulted in a 300 German Mark fine and the destruction of the collection Gott mit uns, a satire on German society.

1922 - He left the KPD after having spent five months in Russia and meeting Lenin and Trotsky, because of his antagonism to any form of dictatorial authority.

1932-1933 - He left Germany and was invited to teach at the Art Students' League in New York.

1938 - He became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1944 - He painted Cain, or Hitler in Hell, showing the dead attacking Hitler in Hell.

1946 - He published his autobiography, A Little Yes and a Big No.

1955 - He teach intermittently.

1950 - He opened a private art school at his home and also worked as Artist in Residence at the Des Moines Art Center. Grosz was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

1959 - He died on the 6th of July of that year from the effects of falling down a flight of stairs, after a night of drinking.


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