Our columnist takes a peek behind some of the world’s most significant paintings. This week, Eclipse of the Sun by George Grosz
It would be difficult to find an artist whose work was more furious and more profoundly vitriolic than that of George Grosz (1893-1959). The only other painter who ever approached his towering rage was Goya, with pictures that grimly revealed the atrocities of war.
Grosz’s portrayal of life in Weimar Germany in the early decades of the 20th-century are slashingly vicious and as arresting as a withering satirical cartoon. He skewered the bloated businessmen who profiteered from the nation’s financial woes, and the worst excesses of the political classes in the build-up...
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