Carl Grossberg (1894-1940)
Carl Grossberg, 1894–1940, German painter associated with the New Objectivity movement; best-known for his urban and industrial scenes.
In 1913 Carl Grossberg started to study architecture in Aachen and Darmstadt, but was drafted in 1915 and sent to the front.
In 1919, he resumed his studies; first with Walther Klemm at the "Hochschule für Bildende Künste" in Weimar then, in 1921, with Lyonel Feininger at the Bauhaus. In 1926 he had his first solo exhibition in Stuttgart, but his most successful showing came in 1929 at the "Neue Sachlichkeit" exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Two years later, the Prussian Academy of Arts awarded him its "Rompreis".
After 1933, he began work on an ambitious series of paintings he called the "Industrial Plan", depicting Germany's most important industries, but it was never completed. The following year, he received a commission for a monumental wall painting, to be displayed at an exhibition called "German People-German Work". A major retrospective was held at the Museum Folkwang in 1935.
In August 1939, he was drafted again and sent to the Polish front. Later he was transferred to France and was killed.