A group of laborers, wearing hats and jackets, walks from viewer's right to left along a street littered with garbage. The two in the front carry shovels. In the background is an industrial landscape, dirty and in disrepair.
One of George Grosz's many works from the period after the First World War that explore the hardship of the poor and the working class in Germany's economic crisis, against a backdrop of a decaying industrial landscape.
In front, a woman wearing a hat depicted in profile faces to the left with three male figures behind her, one of which, depicted in profile and facing to the right, has the top of his head cut off; the background is comprised of architectural and figural fragments.
Grosz targeted a range of occupational and class types for scathing observation during the early Weimar years. These decidedly ugly denizens of the interwar Berlin street, which typically include pompous industrialists, strutting military leaders, and prostitutes, are often fragmented, truncated, and depicted in outline in cubo-futuristic juxtaposition with architectural fragments and other figures.
Vertical lines stream downward across the print indicate torrents of rain. Several travelers with umbrallas and straw hats are walking across the bridge over the river. A village alongside the river and mountains are shown in the background.