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The End of a Perfect Day [Nach Getaner Arbeit]
Date: 1939
Medium: Drypoint
Dimensions: plate: 9 15/16 × 12 15/16 in. (25.2 × 32.9 cm) sheet: 12 11/16 × 15 5/8 in. (32.2 × 39.7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1983
Object Number: 1983-12
About: George Grosz's The End of Perfect Day depicts members of the Sturmabteilung, or Storm Detachment (commonly known as storm troopers and brownshirts ), a paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party. In a style typical of Grosz's caustic caricature, a scar-faced street fighter polishes his boots and smiles contentedly. Clubs and daggers hang from the bedposts; a butcher`s knife is stashed in a preening brownshirt`s jackboot. The reclining figure may have consumed the contents of the empty bottle on the floor.
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