Weimar Whiplash: Twenty-One Book Covers by George Grosz

Grosz needs no introduction, but I did find this fun quote in his wikipedia entry:

My drawings expressed my despair, hate and disillusionment. I drew drunkards; puking men; men with clenched fists cursing at the moon. . . . I drew a man, face filled with fright, washing blood from his hands. . . . I drew lonely little men fleeing madly through empty streets. I drew a cross-section of tenement house: through one window could be seen a man attacking his wife; through another, two people making love; from a third hung a suicide with body covered by swarming flies. I drew soldiers without noses; war cripples with crustacean-like steel arms; two medical soldiers putting a violent infantryman into a strait-jacket made of a horse blanket. . . I drew a skeleton dressed as a recruit being examined for military duty. I also wrote poetry.

I scanned most of these from Blickfang, an impossible-to-find collection of German book covers I featured once before.




1932





1923





1921





1929





I featured this one somewhere before.
From the collection of Richard Sica.





1925





1925





1929





1932





1932





1921





1930





1922





1922





1921





1932





1919





1932





1920





(I think I sourced this one from a bookseller's catalog)





1923

Previously featured in my first Blickfang post


Also see an Oct. 2008 post about a remarkable Brecht-Grosz kids' book