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Lady, 1922

Otto Dix

German, 1891-1969
Watercolor and gouache on Japanese wove paper
20-5/8 x 14-1/4 in. (52.4 x 36.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, The Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection
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In the early 1920s, Dix used the recurrent theme of prostitutes to represent society's callousness and moral decadence. Here his aggressive colors, bold brushstrokes, and use of a bawdy pose emphasize his unyielding subject matter. After 1925, he became an exponent of the socially and politically committed New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) Movement, a group condemned by the National Socialists. Dix was forbidden to exhibit his work, which the Nazis included in their exhibition of degenerate art in 1937; during World War II, he was a prisoner of war. Dix received more positive recognition after the war, but worked in seclusion at his home near Lake Constance until his death.

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