The Toads of Property by George Grosz

Photo lithograph, 1922.

The Toads of Property

Art work details

Original Title :
Die Besitzkröten
Year of production :
George Grosz
Medium :
Photo lithograph
Dimensions :
paper: height: 58.5 cms; width: 43 cms; print: height: 47 cms; width 37 cms
Credit Line :
Gift of Michael Brooks
Copyright :
Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, N.J. / DACS, 2013
Associated Groups :
Lithograph, Weimar Republic, Portrait, Grosz, Brooks Gift

George Grosz produced a number of his prints using photo-transfer lithography, enabling cheaper and more affordable prints to enter the market. The title is taken from Schiller’s play Die Raubern (The Robbers). The fat cat capitalists jealously guard their profits, while unemployed workers stand nearby.

The image is also famous for being published in the exhibition catalogue of the ‘Degenerate Art’ exhibition, organised by the Nazi Government in Germany in 1937, using artworks seized from German museums and art galleries.

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