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Small Dance of Death

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After being declared a “degenerate” artist by Hitler’s National Socialist Party in 1937, Hans Friedrich Grohs buried most of his artwork in a barn.


Like many German Expressionists, Groh’s primary medium was woodcut. The theme of the Dance of Death dates back centuries in Germany and had been a common theme for prints since the early Renaissance. Revived in the 20th century by the Expressionists, it conveyed the fear and angst felt in the period surrounding World War I. Featuring various members of society and their confrontation with Death, Groh’s simple, stark, black-and-white designs and claustrophobic compositions forcefully convey the anxiety and reality of wartime Germany.
Small Dance of Death

Small Dance of Death


Hans Grohs

(German, 1892–1981)
Germany, 20th century

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