Cowboy in Town

MAKER:
Artist

George Grosz ( American, born Germany, 1893 - 1959 )

DATE:
1952
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General Description

George Grosz, a flashy dresser himself, was particularly taken with the style of the cowboys and found "a certain grace" in their characteristic attire: colorful shirts, dungarees, and pointed boots that "make the biggest foot 'dainty.'" He also keenly observed their physical attitudes, describing and even demonstrating them to a reporter: "'one is motionless in the corner,' he says, 'for hours. From time to time he spits.' Then [Grosz] sits on his left heel, his right knee forward. 'Or they sit—they squat, like this—for hours." Grosz reprises the motif of the squatting figure in Cowboy in Town.

Excerpt from

Heather MacDonald, Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 2012), 61-62.

NOTES

Created in 1952

Object File Reviewed

Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2012:

Grosz, who was himself a flashy dresser, was particularly taken with the style of the cowboys he saw in Dallas and found "a certain grace" in their characteristic attire: colorful shirts, dungarees, and pointed boots, which he said could make event the largest foot seem "dainty." He also keenly observed the cowboys physical attitudes, noting that they sat motionless for hours, squatting on their heels, one knee forward. in this watercolor, Grosz depicts the characteristic postures of the cowboys he observed, one squatting and one walking confidently toward us.