Eclipse of the Sun

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45ea1b2f-0c4e-4c21-b4ec-aeeab173d622[1] Eclipse of the Sun-Georg Grosz 1926 A leading Berlin Dadaist (and therefore a card-carrying member of the Communist Psrty) and one of the most notableof the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) artists, Georg Grosz’s satirical caricatures remain unsurpassed for theirchilling clarity of vision and unflinching brutality of execution.

Portraying the Weimar Republic as asociety mired in decadence and corruption, Grosz’s paintings and drawings are populated by prostitutes, gamblers, perverted millionaires, bloated generals and fat-cat bankers. In 1926’sEclipse of the Sun the dollar has obscured the sun, however the over-decorated general is receiving whispered advise from the top-hatted banker while the ‘suits’ complete the necessary paperwork so no need to worry. A blinkered donkey is advancing along a gangplank towards a shredder stuffed with money (a probable reference to the hyper-inflation that Germany was experiencing, where it was cheaper to burn money for fuel than to buy firewood).Down below people are…

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