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A chaotic scene unfolds on a city street amid a tangled group of figures.

A group of figures drawn in quick slashing ink lines on a white page is seen clashing on a city street. At top right, a figure emerges from behind the group, his arm raised and pointing a pistol downward at a figure falling toward him. Below the gunman, a swirl of intersecting clashing figures, similarly drawn in spare black lines, tumbles toward us in the street. A figure can be seen observing from a window of a building in the foreground at left. A row of overlapping buildings in the background juts upward to the right under gathering clouds.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
George Grosz, American (Berlin, Germany 1893 - 1959 Berlin, Germany)
Terror in the Streets
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black ink on off-white wove paper
41.3 x 29.3 cm (16 1/4 x 11 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in brown ink at l.r.: GROSZ
  • inscription: l.r., graphite, handwritten, in artist's hand: 1916 312B


Recorded Ownership History
[Alfred Flechtheim]; to [Mayor Gallery, London Dec. 12, 1933] ; to [Leicester Gallery, March 5 1936]. Sold to Erich Cohn, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Erich Cohn
© Estate of George Grosz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Exhibition History

  • George Grosz 1893-1959, Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, 10/07/1962 - 12/30/1962
  • German Art of the Twenties, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/26/1981 - 04/11/1981
  • 20th-Century Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/07/1981 - 11/11/1981
  • Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/06/2015 - 05/06/2015

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