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Dix Biography

Otto Dix (1891-1969) was a German expressionist painter. Called up as a reservist during World War I, Dix was profoundly affected by the sights of the war and he later produced a series of drawings and prints which reflect that traumatic period. During the Weimar Republic Dix studied at the Dresden Art Academy, became a founder of the Dresden Secession, and was a contributor to the Neue Sachlichkeit exhibition in Berlin in 1925. Like the work of his friend and fellow veteran George Grosz, Dix's material was extremely critical of contemporary German society and often dwelled on the act of Lustmord, or sexual murder. Dix's postwar depictions of soldiers and veterans very clearly illustrates their invisibility within contemporary German society, a concept also developed in Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front.