Grosz, George (1893 – 1959)

Superb illustrated letter by Grosz

A superb illustrated letter by German artist George Grosz, undated but circa 1930s.

The artist signs his name to the top of the page, then pens a marvellous watercolour self-portrait, showing himself covering his face, having forgotten the date; he further annotates, ‘6, 6, 6, was it the 6? or the 16?’

He then types a letter to his art dealer, Lene Cohn, in which he excoriates himself for forgetting his correspondent’s birthday. In part, ‘I am just too late, I flopped again and I flunked it… you see my poor head was aching these last weeks and so I was mixed up and really didn’t know was it the 6 or the 16.’

He goes on to send his best wishes, then notes, ‘I have a little italian book about myself which I like to give you as a little friendly token’.

He continues with some news, then ends, ‘Well I don’t want to give you too many bad news. Let’s be cheerful, let’s have a little laugh once in a while, don’t you think?’ He signed, ‘George le professeur’. Grosz’s wife pens a letter of her own to the reverse.

Letter folds, otherwise in generally fine condition. A wonderful item.