Wednesday, June 21, 2017

George Grosz on Cape Cod

George Grosz fled from Germany to the U.S. in 1933. He lived in Douglaston, Queens, and between 1936 and 1945 he spent his summers on Cape Cod. There he spent many hours painting among the sand dunes. His paintings are remarkable for the variety of moods they capture. Some are pleasant beach landscapes, but a few seem to embody all the darkness and turmoil he left behind in Europe.

Cape Cod, 1936

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Cape Cod, n.d.

Price Realized 

  • £8,813
  • ($12,602)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £4,000 - £6,000
  • ($5,720 - $8,580)

Sale Information

Sale 6616 Lot 166
THE DR ANTON C.R. DREESMANN COLLECTION IMP 
9 April 2002 
Christie's London, King Street
George Grosz (1893-1959) Cape Cod signed 'Grosz' (lower right) watercolour on paper 
13¾ x 17 5/8 in. (34.9 x 44.7 cm.) 

Special Notice

No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.

Provenance

Wolfram L. Ertinger, New York (the artist's lawyer).Mrs Yolanda Ertinger, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 6 April 1978, lot 421 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann (inventory no. C-75).


Truro, Cape Cod Landscape, 1939

Sale 2149 Lot 57 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Truro, Cape Cod Landscape.

Watercolor on cream wove paper, 1939. 250x315 mm; 10x12 1/2 inches. Signed, dated "39" and inscribed "Truro" in red ink, lower left recto. Ex-collection the Addison Gallery, Andover.

Grosz (1893-1959) moved from Berlin to New York in 1933, escaping the Nazi uprising in Germany. He became a US citizen in 1938. Grosz traveled to Cape Cod during the summers from 1936 to 1945 where he made numerous watercolor landscape studies. In his autobiography, he recalled that making the watercolors he, "would roam for hours through the dunes at Cape Cod and try humbly--omitting nothing and adding nothing--to record my feelings with what modest gifts I possessed."
Estimate: $3000 - $5000Sold for $3,600



Cape Cod Landscape with Pine Trees, 1939
Sale 2149 Lot 58 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Cape Cod Landscape with Pine Trees.

Watercolor on cream wove paper, 1939. 250x315 mm; 10x12 1/2 inches. Signed, dated "39" and inscribed "Cape Cod" in red ink, lower left recto. Ex-collection the Addison Gallery, Andover, with the label on the frame back. 
Estimate: $3000 - $5000Sold for $3,400


Cape Cod, 1939
Price Realized
  • £2,350
  • ($3,744)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    £2,500 - £3,000
  • ($3,983 - $4,779)

Sale Information

Sale 9686 Lot 87
Christie's London, South Kensington
George Grosz (1893-1959) Cape Cod signed, inscribed and dated 'Grosz 39 Cape Cod' (lower left) watercolour and gouache on paper 
5¾ x 8¼in. (14.7 x 20.8cm.) 

Special Notice

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium
This lot is subject to Collection and Storage charges
Saleroom Notice
This lot will be included in the George Grosz catalogue raisonné of works on paper being prepared by Mr Ralph Jentsch.
Exhibited
New York, Ritz-Tower Hotel, Art for China, 12-26 Mar 1941 where purchased by Mrs A.M. Loew 



Nude on beach (the artist's wife), c. 1942-1946

Price Realized 

  • $12,925
  • Price includes buyer's premium
Estimate
    $15,000 - $20,000

Sale Information

Sale 8447  Lot 47
IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART 
8 November 2000
New York, Christie's East
George Grosz (1893-1959)
Nude on beach (the artist's wife)
stamped 'GROSZ' (lower right)
oil on paper laid down on masonite
19¾ x 14¼ in. (50 x 36 cm.)
Painted in Cape Cod circa 1942-1946
 
Storm Clouds, Cape Cod, 1949 lithograph
Sale 2012 Lot 286  Sep 14 2004 10:30 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Storm Clouds, Cape Cod.

Lithograph, 1949. 226x332 mm; 87/8x131/8 inches, full margins. Edition of 252. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by the Print Club of Cleveland, with the ink stamp verso. A very good, clean impression. Dückers E 110.
Estimate: $500 - $750Sold for $575




Dunes and Grass, 1949 drypoint
Sale 2184 Lot 318 Swann Galleries
GEORGE GROSZ
Dunes and Grass.
Drypoint, 1949. 252x325 mm; 9 7/8x12<5/8> inches, full margins. Edition of 200. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by The Art Students League, New York. A very good, dark impression. Dückers E 109.
Estimate $400-600
Sold for $475



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