Haifische (Sharks) Artist: George Grosz (American, born Germany, 1893–1959)


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George Grosz became famous through his satirical works that criticized the politics and society of the post-World War I Weimar Republic of Germany. He specifically targeted the military and the bourgeois ruling class, which he considered corrupt and blamed for the country’s increasing economic and political instability. His works from the 1920s depict in an almost grotesque way the bourgeoisie, often with explicit sexual allusions referring to the social decadence and corruption reigning in those years. In Haifische (Sharks), Grosz portrays an ambigu­ous trio in a few bold, razor-sharp lines. The men, dressed in fine suits that identify them as members of the bourgeoisie, look lustfully at the nude woman, who in turn might be planning to charm and exploit them, thus expressing the moral abyss of German society.


Transfer lithograph


sheet: 14 7/8 × 20 in. (37.8 × 50.8 cm)

Credit Line

Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, Collection

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20th century


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  • Cathleen Chaffee, Eye on a Century: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2012), 36, 172, no. 5, fig. 5
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Edition of 30


Recto, LR, in graphite: Grosz

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