Fascinating discovery – Unique contemporary document of Lea Grundig to be auctioned.
Lea Grundig, Holocaust (Aufstand), 1943 (detail). Pen and India ink drawing. 45,6x60 cm (17.8 x 23.6 in). Est.: EUR 15.000-20.000.
With great commitment, Lea Grundig used her talents to fight for the improvement of degrading living conditions. Similar to Käthe Kollwitz, she employed her creative means to full extent. "I always wanted to depict people so that the observer gets an idea of their misery and suffering and is enraged about it.", said Lea Grundig in Gesichte und Geschichte (Berlin 1958. p.93). And indeed, her figures show the artist’s passion and have a direct emotional expression.
The daughter of Jewish merchants studied art against her parent’s will, at first at the Dresden School of Applied Arts and later at the Dresden Academy of Art. She attended the master class of Otto Gußmann together with artists such as Otto Griebel, Wilhelm Lachnit and her later husband Hans Grundig.
She addressed the grave situation of the working class, documented the terrors of the Holocaust and eventually worked up the dramatic impressions made on her escape. Relentlessly, she denounced fascism, inanity and blindness and illustrated the appalling conditions on the “Pacific“, a so-called coffin ship on which those Jews who managed to flee the Holocaust were brought to Palestine refugee camps at the risk of loosing their lives. “Holocaust (Aufstand)“ was presumably made in this context, too. The work is a haunting account of the people’s panic in the confined and gloomy room.
Lea Grundig‘s works are impressive documents of these inhumane conditions. By bringing back such dramatic events to the observers‘ memory, she, and also the photo journalist John Phillips, make a decisive contribution to a collective awareness and for positive changes.
This work is part of the auction Modern Art/ Side lines of the German Avant-garde.
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