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Café

Artist
George Grosz, German, 1893–1959
Date
1916
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 213
Dimensions
19 in. × 12 3/4 in. (48.3 × 32.4 cm)
framed: 29 1/8 × 23 3/16 in. (74 × 58.9 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Morton D. May
Rights
© Estate of George Grosz / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
Object Number
889:1983
NOTES
In this satirical painting, George Grosz presents three card-playing men in a Berlin café illuminated by an eerie red glow. The bloated figures represent the well-fed, greedy leaders of capitalist society, whom the artist saw as the source of many social ills. Two of the men glance sideways with beady eyes while the third collects his winnings. Painted in the midst of World War I, this work reveals the artist’s keen sense of social injustice while also showing his fascination with metropolitan nightlife.
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