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Art and Images in Psychiatry
August 2006


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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(8):843. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.8.843

I totally forgot who I was . . . I considered all art senseless unless it served as a weapon in the political arena. My art was a gun and sword. . . . 

—George Grosz1(p113)

On January 4, 1917, George Ehrenfried Grosz's (1893-1959) worst fears were realized when he was recalled to active duty in the German army; he could no longer bear the war.1(p107) At its beginning in November 1914, he had enlisted as a volunteer in Berlin, Germany, but had been discharged for medical reasons in May 1915 as unfit for service. Between enlistments, he worked frantically in his studio during the height of the war. He wrote

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