"Berlin street, Georg Gross, one thousand nine hundred and thirty-one
Description of the picture:
Berlin Street – Georg Gross. 1931. Oil on canvas. 81,3×60
The German painter, who lived in America for a long time, combined in his own painting the features of expressionism, futurism, New Materiality and Dadaism. A street, a city and a man in a country shrouded in crisis are the main themes of his work in the years when it was written painting “Street of Berlin”.
The faces and gestures of people filling the Berlin street are grotesque, not without reason Gross (1893-1959) worked as a cartoonist. On the frontal plane, a beggarly disabled warrior asks for alms, a smug tradesman hastily, on the go, fumbles in his inner pocket, and his painted and well-dressed companion follows without stopping. Poverty and wealth have collided and will soon disperse. In the background, you can see the restaurant gutting out onto the street. The place of the picture is compacted with tightly written figures and objects, and the spectrum is of the same type, only occasionally flashes reddish, yellowish and blue, making a restless note in the depicted. People seem to be herrings in a barrel, into which they climbed of their own free will, but are not able to get out. Gross’s edible social art conveyed the atmosphere of German society the day before the Nazis came to power."