ID Photo: Otto Dix with Carnation, 1929 by Hugo Erfurth

“I’ll either be famous or infamous.” Otto Dix

“Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture.” Otto Dix

Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix (2 Dec. 1891-25 July 1969); German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war. Along with George Grosz, he is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit.

...Dix was profoundly affected by the sights of the war, and later described a recurring nightmare in which he crawled through destroyed houses. He represented his traumatic experiences in many subsequent works, including a portfolio of 50 etchings called Der Krieg, published in 1924.

...Dix eventually returned to Dresden and remained there until 1966. After the war most of his paintings were religious allegories or depictions of post-war suffering, including his 1948 Ecce homo with self-likeness behind barbed wire. In this period, Dix gained recognition in both parts of the then divided Germany.

Having your friend paint your portrait is always nice, especially if they’re a famous artist. Unless your best mate was Otto Dix, the Expressionist painter who lived and worked in Germany between the wars. Scarred by his experiences in the trenches of World War I, Dix specialized in brutal and unforgiving pictures of the horrors of battle, the decadence of the Weimar Republic and frankly scary portraits of his friends and acquaintances. Expressionism was a reaction to the Impressionism of the previous century. Impressionist painters like Monet tried to capture the transient beauty of the world around them by focusing on light, movement and the unguarded... (
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