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Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas

The Dallas Museum of Art is running an exhibit through August 19th entitled Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas.  Last weekend I went and viewed this collection of art which is a lovely homage to Dallas.  In 1952 Leon Harris Jr, Vice President of the Harris and Company department store, commissioned Grosz, a controversial political artist and dadaist originally from Germany, to paint a series of works depicting multiple facets of life in Dallas.  This series, which was called Impressions of Dallas, went on display at the Museum of Fine Arts at Fair Park in Dallas and also in New York where the expat artist was living at the time.  Now the paintings have been brought back out and are being displayed alongside photographs of Dallas from the era which the paintings were made.  Also, there are paintings from Grosz’s earlier career which serve to educate the viewer on the tumultuous and fascinating history of the life of the artist.  If you love Dallas, wonderful watercolors and want to learn about an artist whose life and works were framed by the tumultuous climate of Europe in the 20th century, then you should definitely visit the museum and spend some time at this exhibit!