The display includes the controversial group of lithographs by George Grosz from his portfolio ‘Ecce Homo'. Grosz was tried for indecency following its publication, although the works were intended as a comment about the hypocrisy and morality of German society. At the trial he explained: "I see things as I have described them. If I look at the majority of people I don't see beauty or attractive features... In my opinion the depiction of the mostugly things which appear in these works and which, it might be assumed, will alienate the most people, have an important educative function.'

Such images were an important source of inspiration to the British artist Edward Burra whose work is featured in the major exhibition at the Gallery (until 19 Feb 2012).

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