0031 George Grosz and Croatian Art between the Two World Wars

  • Lovorka Magaš (Author)
    Department of Art History, University of Zagreb

    Lovorka Magaš is research assistant and PhD candidate at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where she teaches courses related to modern and contemporary art. Her research and studies focus on Croatian art of the 20th century. She is the author of the exhibition of Sergije Glumac (Zagreb 2005) and has participated in a number of research and exhibition projects, among which Expressionism in Croatia (Strast i bunt – ekspresionizam u Hrvatskoj, Zagreb 2011).

  • Petar Prelog (Author)
    Institute of Art History, Zagreb

    Petar Prelog received his PhD from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He is research associate at Institute of Art History in Zagreb, where he participated in several research projects related to Croatian modern art. He taught courses at Academy of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He is the author of a series of studies on Croatian modern and contemporary art, as well as several exhibitions, among which Spring Salon 1916-1928 (Proljetni salon 1916-1928, Zagreb 2007) and Zagreb-Munich. Croatian Painting and the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (Zagreb-München. Hrvatsko slikarstvo i Akademija likovnih umjetnosti u Münchenu, co-author, Zagreb 2009).

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The paper analyses the key aspects of George Grosz's influence on Croatian art between the two World Wars. A number of artists, especially the members of the association Zemlja, considered Grosz to be an author of similar ideological belief, who advocated an active role of art in society. Grosz's standpoints thus indirectly influenced the formation of the overall cultural atmosphere, marked by the polarization of the entire artistic scene. The artist became one of the key reference points and a figure cited by those who exerted a crucial influence on the formation of Croatian artistic scene between the two World Wars – the writer and one of the most prominent intellectuals Miroslav Krleža and visual artists Krsto Hegedušić and Ljubo Babić. The paper also addresses the circumstances regarding the organization of Grosz's solo exhibition in Zagreb in 1932, along with an analysis of the reception of his work among Croatian art critics.


George Grosz, Croatian art of the interwar period, social art, Miroslav Krleža, Krsto Hegedušić, Association of Artists Zemlja, Kroatien