Otto Dix at the Neue Galarie

Thanks to the heads up from Ancient Industries, one of my favorite blogs, I was alerted to the Neue Galarie's exhibition of the works of Otto Dix (one of my favorite 20th century German artists, along with Max Beckmann).

I love this Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden. She looks modern in a very louche sort of way:

And look at the way Dix painted hands!

Portrait of the Lawyer Hugo Simons, 1926

Dix looked to earlier Northern painters for inspiration and you can really see the influence of artists such as Lucas Cranach and the Flemish painter Rogier van der Wyden:

 Lucas Cranach, Judith with the Head of Holofernes, oil on wood, 1530 (link here)

Rogier van der Weyden, detail, Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin, circa 1435, oil and tempera on panel (link here)

If you want to find out more about Neue Sachlichkeit works and the world of the Weimar demimonde,  check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art's wonderful exhibit from 2006 entitled "Glitter and Doom".

And just for fun, Bergdorf Goodman did a window in homage to the Dix Exhibit:

Pour yourself a drink, get your monocle, and enjoy!


  1. Heading up to the Neue Gallery this weekend, thanks to this post! Adore those hands...so creepily elegant.

  2. I love these Dix paintings - the people look so bold and deliberate don't they?

    It is a pleasure to discover your blog

    Bon weekend