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Little Man

A work made of pen and brush and black ink on cream wove tracing paper.

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  • A work made of pen and brush and black ink on cream wove tracing paper.

Date:

1917

Artist:

George Grosz
American, born Germany, 1893-1959

About this artwork

This evocative drawing exemplifies George Grosz’s interest in creating symbolic self-portraits. Here we see Grosz himself seated at a table, with a cityscape behind him and a “little man” before him. During World War I, he often inserted such figures into paintings, drawings, and prints as a means of self-parody and social commentary. In fact, one scholar has suggested that here the “little man” represents the artist in mannequin form and that therefore the work is a double self-portrait.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

George Grosz

Title

Little Man

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1917

Medium

Pen and brush and black ink on cream wove tracing paper

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower right, in pen and black ink: Grosz; inscribed lower right, in graphite: Fertig zum Abzug / für den Stein 1917 Inscribed verso, lower left, in graphit: 32 (encircled); lower right, in graphite: 807-A

Dimensions

25 × 20.1 cm (9 7/8 × 7 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Celia and David Hilliard

Reference Number

2002.678

Extended information about this artwork

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