Description: Wanderer

A solitary figure trudges through a hellish scene accompanied by four ominous-looking crows.  Frantic lines depict fire in the distance as well as mud and reeds; danger is everywhere in this landscape.  George Grosz’s The Wanderer belongs to a group of paintings he called “apocalyptic, prophetic, or just hell-pictures.” Flames on the horizon and men in flight all drew from the artist’s experience in the German military during World War I and his journey to the United States after leaving his home country under Hitler’s regime.