George Grosz painted this 1920, in reaction to the establishment of the Weimar Republic, after the failed Spartacist uprising. He emigrated to America in 1933. Although a Communist in Germany, Grosz adapted very nicely, thank you very much, to the land of free enterprise. Unfortunately, freed from the threat of living under a dictatorship, he gave up caricature and became a much more conventional painter.
This painting has a resonance for me in these troubled times. Modern Republicans/Teabaggers may not have lost their limbs, but they seem to have freely given up empathy, compassion, rationality and basic economic literacy. Ending up as ideologically driven automatons.