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Quotations From GEORGE GROSZ

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  • 1.
    The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the "genius" of the personage, the greater the profit.
    George Grosz (1893-1959), German artist. repr. In Art Is In Danger (trans. 1987). "Instead of a Biography," vol. 2, no. 3, Der Gegner (Berlin, 1920).
  • 2.
    The war was a mirror; it reflected man's every virtue and every vice, and if you looked closely, like an artist at his drawings, it showed up both with unusual clarity.
    George Grosz (1893-1959), German artist. A Small Yes and a Big No, ch. 7 (1955, trans. 1982).

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  • 3.
    The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, "culture." It's an old ploy of the bourgeoisie. They keep a standing "art" to defend their collapsing culture.
    George Grosz (1893-1959), German artist, and John Heartfield. repr. In Art Is In Danger, trans. by Paul Gorrell (1987). "The Art Scab," vol. 1, nos. 10-12, Der Gegner (Berlin, 1920).

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