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George Grosz
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    (July 26, 1893-July 6, 1959)
    Born in Berlin, Germany
    Birth name was Georg Gross
    Caricaturist and painter
    Paintings include 'Suicide' (1916) 'The Funeral (To Oscar Panizza)' (1918), 'Republican Automatons' (1920), 'The Pillars of Society' (1926) and 'Cain, or Hitler in Hell' (1944)
    Collections of drawings include 'Face of the Ruling Class' (1921) and 'Ecce Homo' (1927)
    He claimed in his autobiography to have deserted the German army during WWI and narrowly avoided execution.
    Actually, he was discharged as permanently unfit after being hospitalized for a nervous breakdown.
    He joined the Communist party (1919).
    Novelist Mario Vargos Llosa described the 'classic Grosz elements' as 'dead people, prostitutes, perverted millionaires.'
    He died from a drunken fall down a flight of stairs.
    His collection of satiric drawings, 'Gott Mit Uns (God With Us),' was ordered destroyed for insulting the German army (1920).
    He quit the Communist party after a five-month tour of famine-stricken areas of the Soviet Union (1922).
    An outspoken anti-Nazi, he fled Germany just before Hitler came to power.

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