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In Prison

George Grosz

Artwork Details

In Prison
George Grosz
ink on wove paper
18 13/16 in x 12 3/8 in (47.78 cm x 31.43 cm);24 in x 17 1/2 in (60.96 cm x 44.45 cm)
Gift of Herbert Barrows

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Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

This is a drawing of a prisoner in a prison cell. German artist George Grosz was drafted into the military in 1917. Only a month after being drafted, he was transferred to a sanatorium. The theme of prison and incarceration seen here are also seen in Grosz's 1920 watercolor, ""The Convict": Monteur John Heartfield after Franz Jung's Attempt to Get Him Up on His Feet," at MoMA.

Physical Description:

A man clothed in pants, shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt sits at a small table with his hands folded. Part of a loaf of bread sits on the upper left corner of the table. The man is in a small room with a small, square, barred window high on the wall behind him. There is a toilet without a lid behind him to his left.

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