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George Grosz, Waltz Dream (1921)

George Grosz’s Waltz Dream (1921) was published in 1923 as part of a collection of watercolors and drawings entitled Ecco Homo. The works in the collection satirize Weimar-era society and politics and resulted in a lawsuit against Grosz on the grounds of an “attack on public morals.” Grosz would sharpen and develop his style throughout the 1920s, attacking what he saw as a morally corrupt social and political order. His works have come to be seen as iconic representations of Weimar-era Berlin.

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George Grosz, <i>Waltz Dream</i> (1921)

© Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Kupferstichkabinett, SMB / Jörg P. Anders / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York