The Banned Art Of Otto Dix

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The Banned Art Of Otto Dix

Post by Psycho Mike » 04 Jul 2004 14:29

Otto Dix (1891-1969), the great German Expressionist, was famous for his unique and grotesque style. Although Hitler's Nazi regime destroyed many of Otto Dix's works, the majority of his paintings can still be seen in museums throughout Germany. http://www.mess.net/galleria/dix/

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Post by maxxx » 04 Jul 2004 19:45

thank you for your post. quite a refreshing antidote to the discussed objects on the painting and sculpture string.

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Post by Sewer King » 05 Jul 2004 05:21

Hitler is painted as an evil gnome in Dix' The Seven Deadly Sins (1933). If many of his works were destroyed under the Nazi regime, I wonder if they survive only as photos.

Dix also served four years in the German Army, much of it in the front lines, but I haven't learned any details.

He and George Grosz are often considered together, not only for their grotesquerie and war themes, but because their works are so often about sex murders (Lustmord). One of Dix' self-portraits shows him as a knife-killer brandishing the parts of a dismembered woman. And there is a great deal more in this line.

Why does sex murder have such a place in parts of German art and consciousness? Dix, Grosz, Weill's Threepenny Opera, Peter Kurten the Dusseldorf murderer, and Fritz Lang's famous film M based on him. Then later came Julius Streicher's Der Sturmer.

I am not trying to pick on Germans, because to me violence sometimes takes on national styles whether individual or organized. This question could be rewritten for violence in any nation.

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Post by Topspeed » 05 Jul 2004 06:08

Sewer King wrote:Hitler is painted as an evil gnome in Dix' The Seven Deadly Sins (1933). If many of his works were destroyed under the Nazi regime, I wonder if they survive only as photos.
Very impressive...evil blond gnome....I may add. No wonder these were not favourites of AH.

What a prophecy !

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Post by Sewer King » 06 Jul 2004 04:29

Topspeed wrote:Very impressive...evil blond gnome....I may add. No wonder these were not favourites of AH. What a prophecy !
Actually, I just read why the Hitler gnome is blond. The square mustache had been added some time afterward as a deliberate reference to Hitler.

I don't remember if Dix was in the Entareten Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition, but I remember his painting of four War Cripples was decried as military sabotage.

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