Description & Technical information

In his portraits Otto Dix probes his sitter's essence with a sharp gaze.  He discards the likeness, stylises and aestheticises without any hint of sentimentality.
The present work from the early 1930s comes from a period in Dix's oeuvre that is defined by a great creative power and during which the artist
passionately dedicates his attention to female nudes. His numerous variations on this type of motif draw their strength from a unique
combination of eroticism, frivolity and irony, and they culminate artistically in Dix's Old Masters-like nude portrait of the years 1930 to 1933.

Date:  1932
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Red chalk and white gouache on blue drawing cardboard
Dimensions: 58 x 47 cm (22⁷/₈ x 18¹/₂ inches)

Private collection, Berlin.

Literature: Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, sale catalogue, May 24th, 1976, illustrated under the n°402, p.46.
Galerie Gerda Bassenge, Berlin, 1-6 November 1976, n°1358, p.220.
Ulrike Lorenz, Otto Dix : Das Werkverzeichnis der Zeichnungen und Pastelle,
Tome III,  Weimar, 2003, illustrated under the n°NSk 12.3.17, p.1459.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints