Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    George Grosz (1893-1959)
    Lovers and Sitting Female Nude (a double-sided work), 1940
    Oil and mixed media on paper; watercolor on paper
    15-3/8 x 19-5/8 inches (39.1 x 49.8 cm) (sheet)
    Stamped with the artist's estate stamp and numbered 'UC-337-16' verso

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Berlin.

    This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of works on paper by George Grosz.

    NOTE:
    Throughout his career as an artist, George Grosz always had a strong liking for erotic subjects.
    This started as early in 1912 with his move from Dresden to the metropolis Berlin and culminated in large drawings and watercolors in the late Twenties and in a series of large works on paper in America.

    As almost always his wife Eva posed for him in the studio, but also in nature, mostly Cape Cod, the fashionable summer resort Grosz started to attend in 1939, spending there two or three month every year, where many of the works were executed, like "Sitting Nude with Summer Hat" of 1940 and "Lovers" and "Sitting Female Nude" from the same year.

    It was only after Grosz had moved to the United States in 1933, that he started working not only with watercolor on paper but also with mixed media and oil, often also using white chalk to outline objects and figures. He only used this painting technique for the many female nudes and highly erotic subjects he started to paint in 1937 and above all in the years 1940 and 1941. This important selection of works, offered in the auction May 22 in New York, belongs to this group that within the oeuvre of the artist builds a special work complex of its own kind and importance.

    The artist depicts in most of these works the very moment of sexual encounter. Like a sculptor, Grosz models the female body in all details, emphasizing in this way the voluptuous beauty of the nude woman. The anticipated landscape with the sea in near distance or the vague interior of the studio ate in high contrast to the in all details carefully executed figures of the female who in this way dominates the picture with her beauty.

    Ralph Jentsch


    Condition Report*: This work is unmounted and unframed; there is some toning throughout, with soiling noticeable to the watercolor sketch on the reverse; otherwise, no other major apparent condition issues.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    22nd Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 10,011

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold on May 22, 2017 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2022 April 19 Prints & Multiples Signature® Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    We were very honored that Lakeside was featured on the front of the auction catalog and the article about it was accurate and exceptional.
    M. & P. C.,
    Dallas, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search