Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas
by Heather MacDonald with contributions by Andrew Sears
In 1952 expatriate German artist George Grosz was invited to Dallas by Leon Harris, Jr., the young vice president of the A. Harris & Company department store. Harris commissioned Grosz to create for the store a series of paintings illustrating the landscape, economy, and society of Dallas. In 2012, on the 60th anniversary of the series’ debut, the Dallas Museum of Art has published the catalogue "Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas," in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title. The catalogue describes Grosz’s career in the postwar years and the history of the "Impressions of Dallas" commission, paying particular attention to the fraught cultural and political landscape of Dallas in the early 1950s. Here the "Impressions of Dallas" series is reproduced in its entirety for the first time, alongside many other paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Grosz, as well as a rich selection of historic photographs.
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 25,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations.