Model Arranging Hair


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

c. 1939-1944
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General Description

After moving to the United States, George Grosz claimed to have abandoned the political engagement of his earlier work and turned his attention to a new subject matter, particularly landscapes and nudes. These soothing images struck many of his old friends as a cynical retreat from his earlier political images. Grosz, though, claimed for himself a dual artistic nature, with both dark and light subjects competing for his attention. In this, he felt a profound kinship to the Spanish painter Francisco Goya, who was a touchstone throughout his career.

Excerpt from

Heather MacDonald, DMA label copy, 2012.

Fun Facts

  • In March 1955, The Public Affairs Luncheon Club, a local women's group, accused the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (now the DMA) of exhibiting works by artists with Communist affiliations. Bywaters, in an effort to diffuse the controversy announced to the press that the Museum believed that the people of Dallas are intelligent enough to decide this matter for themselves and hung three paintings by supposed communist artists near the entrance for easy viewing with a sign “These paintings are by artists listed by the Public Affairs Luncheon Club resolution as presenting concepts of communism.” Model Arranging Hair by George Grosz is one of the works Bywaters hung.

Web Resources

  • Museum of Modern Art
    Check out a painting with a similar subject by George Grosz titled Self-Portrait with a Model.