Made 10 years after the conflict began, The War Der Kriega cycle of 50 etchingsaquatints, and drypointsunflinchingly shows the horrors of trench warfare and the aftermath of battle, featuring dead, dying, and shell-shocked soldiers, bombed-out landscapes, and graves.
What did he see? In Novemberhis unit was transferred to the Eastern front until the end of hostilities with Russia, and in February he was stationed in Flanders.
The building was affected by a flood in June The confiscated painting vanished during the second world war, perhaps burned in the bombing of Dresden. In Novemberhis unit was transferred to the Eastern front until the end of hostilities with Russiaand in February he was stationed in Flanders.
To understand that, we need to comprehend that, during the first world war, a radical minority of Germans turned to artistic and political revolution, rather than nationalism.
In the autumn of he was assigned as a non-commissioned officer of a machine-gun unit on the Western front and took part in the Battle of the Somme. In Die Skatspieler Skat Playershe depicts three World War I veterans with grossly distorted features, emphasizing their war-damaged bodies by foregrounding their amputated and prosthetic limbs and their deformed faces, framed by newspapers and playing cards.
He witnessed casualties, destruction, and senseless violence, and translated these experiences into visual expressions of despondency in his paintings and prints. While Eastern Germany turned to the socialist aspect of art, focused on the labor theme, the Western Germany art world shifted toward the United States and new art movements, such as Abstract Expressionism.
His painting The Trench, which depicted dismembered and decomposed bodies of soldiers after a battle, caused such a furore that the Wallraf-Richartz Museum hid the painting behind a curtain.
In the then-mayor of CologneKonrad Adenauercancelled the purchase of the painting and forced the director of the museum to resign. Its later whereabouts are unknown. Along with George Grosz, he is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit.
He engraved these black-and-white vignettes just after painting The Trencha horrific masterpiece that distilled the western front into one grisly carnival of death. In a world where he did not fit anymore, Dix struggled to sell his art, as a sharp, distorted edge of his realistic style became blunt.
Like Dix, the brilliant expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner joined up inbut his mental health soon collapsed.
He took a surprisingly detached approach to the trauma of the trenches, depicted thoroughly in his paintings such as The Skat Playersbut also subsequently in the etching collection titled Der Krieg Otto Dix is regarded as a pivotal figure for the New Objectivity movement in Germany, who had the courage to portray the uncensored versions of two harsh wars and a bleak, depraved society in between, using his satirical and grotesque characters and themes to make a direct statement through his artwork.
Like Dix and Kirchner, the poet Hugo Ball wanted to fight. In August of that year he was wounded in the neck, and shortly after he took pilot training lessons. The prints gathered in Der Krieg The War are just part of the hideous outpouring of images he unleashed. Dix also exhibited at the Dada fair.
He represented his traumatic experiences in many subsequent works, including a portfolio of fifty etchings called Der Krieg, published in While the Dadaists were cutting up society, the war veteran Max Beckmann painted his grotesque vision of a world gone mad, Die Nacht The Night.
The eldest son of Franz and Louise Dix, he an iron foundry worker and she a seamstress who had written poetry in her youth, he was exposed to art from an early age.
The bloody stump he waves is an image of artistic and sexual despair — war has unmanned him. He was discharged from service in 22 December and was home for Christmas. He occupied a lead position in the New Objectivity movement, turning away from the ideas of Romanticism and Expressionism toward a more acidic and non-sentimental perspective to reflect the harsh realities of the interwar German society.
In August of that year he was wounded in the neck, and shortly after he took pilot training lessons. Along with George Groszhe is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit.
In another print, a severed skull lies on the earth. He later moved to Lake Constance in the southwest of Germany. Yet their warnings went unheeded.
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German artist Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix is best known for paintings and prints filled with anguished, exploited human figures representing the turmoil of his time. He lived during the most tumultuous period of modern German history, from World War I through World War II and the division of Germany after its defeat.
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Otto Dix was a remarkable artist of the 20th century Germany. He occupied a lead position in the New Objectivity movement, turning away from the ideas of Romanticism and Expressionism toward a more acidic and non-sentimental perspective to reflect the harsh realities of the interwar German society Birth place: Gera, Germany.
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