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The Avenue of Success

A work made of watercolor, with brush and brown ink, on grayish-white wove paper.

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  • A work made of watercolor, with brush and brown ink, on grayish-white wove paper.

Date:

c. 1935

Artist:

George Grosz
American, born Germany, 1893-1959

About this artwork

Invited to teach in New York in 1932, George Grosz became a permanent resident in 1933. The artist created The Avenue of Success as one of 20 illustrations for a 1935 collection of short stories by the American author O. Henry. In this watercolor, Grosz depicted the story’s denouement, in which one character—fresh from cheating a tourist out of $140 and rewarding himself with a fat cigar—lectures a vagabond denizen of the park on the value of work. Viewed in light of the Great Depression, the figures represent the extremes of capitalist economics, making explicit the fact that the “avenue of success” is a two-way street.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

George Grosz

Title

The Avenue of Success

Origin

American

Date

1930–1940

Medium

Watercolor, with brush and brown ink, on grayish-white wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower right, in graphite: Avenue of Success Inscribed, lower left, in graphite: The Av. of Suc. Graphite crop marks appear in all four corners of the sheet

Dimensions

670 × 490 mm 36" × 28"

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Thomas Hart (Ruth Page) Fisher

Reference Number

1970.119

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