George Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany. When he was younger, Grosz began attending a weekly drawing class taught by a local painter named Grot. Grosz practiced by drawing detailed copies of the drinking scenes of Eduard von Grützner, and by drawing battle scenes. He studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, where his teachers were Richard Müller, Robert Sterl, Raphael Wehle, and Osmar Schindler. He then studied at the Berlin College of Arts and Crafts under Emil Orlik. In November 1914 Grosz signed up for military service, but was discharged after being hospitalization for sinusitis in 1915. In 1922-1923, he created Plate XVI from Ecce Homo.