Tumult [Turmoil]

Place Europe: France
Accession Number ART19996
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 29.9 x 24 cm (irreg.)
Object type Print
Maker Grosz, George
Place made Germany: Berlin
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A huddled mass of fighting figures, drawn in outline in sharp angular shapes, suggestive of the severity and chaos of battle. Grosz's early expectations that "war will not only rekindle repressed instincts which lie dormant inside us all, but also truly liberate people" very soon proved to have been illusory. His rapidly-drawn lithographs graphically express his deep anger at the misery caused by war. His choice of lithography as a medium was a purely democratic one, enabling more people to see his work.

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