• Exponat: Gemälde: Vor dem Tor, 1932

"At the gate"

Hans Grundig (1901-1958)
Germany, 1932
Oil on canvas, 97 x 73 cm
Inv. Nr.: Kg 58/67
The downward spiral into a global economic crisis began with the crash on the New York Stock Exchange on 25 October 1929. At the beginning of 1931, five million people were without work. The social system was not able to deal with the consequences. The everyday life of a large sector of the population was marked by poverty and resignation. Every day, hundreds of thousands of unemployed and their families had to rely on the free meals provided by communal authorities and charity organisations. In 1932, at the peak of the crisis, the communist Hans Grundig painted the women at the gate without a hint of pathos. With its dark colors, the painting imparts sorrow and a seemingly inescapable hopelessness.
Exponat: Gemälde: Vor dem Tor, 1932 [Abbildung] At the gate Hans Grundig (1901-1958) Germany, 1932 Oil on canvas, 97 x 73 cm © Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin Inv. Nr.: Kg 58/67 The downward spiral into a global economic crisis began with the crash on the New York Stock Exchange on 25 October 1929. At the beginning of 1931, five million people were without work. The social system was not able to deal with the consequences. The everyday life of a large sector of the population was marked by poverty and resignation. Every day, hundreds of thousands of unemployed and their families had to rely on the free meals provided by communal authorities and charity organisations. In 1932, at the peak of the crisis, the communist Hans Grundig painted the women at the gate without a hint of pathos. With its dark colors, the painting imparts sorrow and a seemingly inescapable hopelessness.

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