George Grosz ( American, born Germany, 1893 - 1959 )
George Grosz's Cattle was one of the four oil paintings he created for the Impressions of Dallas series commissioned by Leon Harris. One of the oil paintings depicted the Dallas skyline, but the other three oil paintings form a triptych of the sources of Dallas's wealth: cattle, cotton, and oil. Cattle ranching had been economically important to Dallas in the late 19th century, but by the time of Grosz's visit he had to go to Fort Worth's vast stockyards in order to see herds of Texas Longhorns. Letters from Grosz to Harris reveal that the patron was not completely satisfied with some of the paintings in the Impressions of Dallas series, particularly Cotton Pickers and Cattle. After the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Cattle was sent back to Grosz for revisions. He moved the large cowboy on a horse to the background, and then filled the foreground with his signature painterly effects.
Heather MacDonald, Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2012), 47, 51.
- Fort Worth Stockyards
Explore the Fort Worth Stockyards where George Grosz studied cattle for this painting.