Otto Dix

German, 1891–1969

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Otto Dix

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German, 1891–1969

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In his Expressionist prints and paintings, Otto Dix immortalized the unprecedented horrors of World War I and its crippling aftereffects on life in Berlin. Anguish radiates from Dix’s desolate landscapes of military trenches filled with barely distinguishable, decaying human remains, the legacy of the first industrialized war, while images of poor, disfigured, and lonely veterans invisible to passersby on the streets were comments on war’s unequal impact on different societal groups. Exploitation is also the theme of his “Femme Fatale” paintings, criticizing the narcissism that drove women to work the system in attempt to outdo one another—a representation of the social turmoil at the time. Along with George Grosz, Dix is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit (“New Objectivity”), a term used to characterize the turn of public attitudes in Weimar Germany toward the practical and functional and the art the emerged from it.

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£3m, Sotheby's, 2012
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Solo show at a major institution
K20 Grabbeplatz, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 16 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

In his Expressionist prints and paintings, Otto Dix immortalized the unprecedented horrors of World War I and its crippling aftereffects on life in Berlin. Anguish radiates from Dix’s desolate landscapes of military trenches filled with barely distinguishable, decaying human remains, the legacy of the first industrialized war, while images of poor, disfigured, and lonely veterans invisible to passersby on the streets were comments on war’s unequal impact on different societal groups. Exploitation is also the theme of his “Femme Fatale” paintings, criticizing the narcissism that drove women to work the system in attempt to outdo one another—a representation of the social turmoil at the time. Along with George Grosz, Dix is widely considered one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit (“New Objectivity”), a term used to characterize the turn of public attitudes in Weimar Germany toward the practical and functional and the art the emerged from it.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£3m, Sotheby's, 2012
User
Solo show at a major institution
K20 Grabbeplatz, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 16 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Otto Dix
Why “Degenerate” Artist Otto Dix Was Accused of Plotting to Kill Hitler
Feb 11th, 2019
Why “Degenerate” Artist Otto Dix Was Accused of Plotting to Kill Hitler
New Objectivity Artists Exposed the Decadence and Hypocrisy of German Society
Sep 24th, 2018
New Objectivity Artists Exposed the Decadence and Hypocrisy of German Society
The German Expressionists’ Shockingly Raw Work Exploded Bourgeois Values and Reinvented Art
Aug 31st, 2018
The German Expressionists’ Shockingly Raw Work Exploded Bourgeois Values and Reinvented Art
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