Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Otto Dix

The Suicide, 1922
Etching from the series, "Death and Resurrection"

Otto Dix (1891-1969) was a German painter and printmaker. His work often centered around the relationship between Eros and death, and he used this theme to depict the variety of human life. His overall aesthetic is one of grotesque humor, his figures comical in their distortion. Dix dealt a lot in terms of these "opposing worlds." The above print is an example of his early work, from a series "Death and Resurrection" in which he bluntly displays the fact of death, even in its violent forms. Towards the end of his career in the 60s, Dix began to prolifically create lithographs, with more depth and spontaneity than his previous work. The print below is one of many religious themed works from this time period, more specifically from a cycle based on the Gospels of St. Matthew. He mostly made prints during this time period. All of the prints were done on large stones, some as big as his paintings.

The Massacre of the Innocents, 1960


1 comment:

Rici W said...

forgot to include the sources:

McGreevy, Linda F. The Life and Works of Otto Dix: German Critical Realist. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research, 1981. Print.

Karcher, Eva. Otto Dix. New York: Crown, 1987. Print.