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"The Eclipse of the Sun"

George Grosz - Oil On Canvas - 210 x 184 cm

famous painting The Eclipse of the Sun of George Grosz


George Grosz was an important figure in the Berlin Dada Movement which heavily criticised the government and authority that prevailed post-WWI. The Eclipse of the Sun is a great example of his political art, as he depicts a table of mindless bureaucrats surrounding Paul von Hindenburg, the president of Germany at the time and the man who named Adolf Hitler the Chancellor. He is decorated in medals and uniform while a man with guns and a toy train under his arm whispers into his ear, presumably he is an industrialist. The donkey on the table represents the German public as they are blinded by ignorance. The child at the bottom left, juxtaposed by the skeleton represents the youth and their helplessness. On the table sits a bloody sword right next to a cross of colours from the German Flag, which may represent the Church’s involvement in the events of the wars. The dollar sign that blocks out the light from the sun shows the artist’s concern over America’s financial support and may represent capitalistic motives. The space and perspective of the image are skewered and vague, around the men at the table seems to be burning buildings, this represents homes, societies that have been traumatized at the hands of the state. The painting was believed to be lost after Grosz moved to America but it was rediscovered in the 1940s.



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