A report on an interesting group of six recently discovered murals by Otto Dix.
The article notes that "Dix most likely made the artwork for a Karneval, or Mardi Gras, celebration on Feb. 19, 1966. In total there are six major pieces and painted door frames. The drawings include a monster, whose appendages each play a different instrument in a jazz band; figures from the region's traditional carnival festival; and scenes from the 1958 movie 'The Horse's Mouth,' in which Alec Guinness plays a painter. Previously, only small painting in the entry to the cellar that had apparently been done at the same time were known."
Spesshardt notes that Dix is known as "a virtuoso of watercolor technique, known for masterful wet-on-wet depictions of prostitutes, sailors, invalids and other marginal figures of contemporary society.... The rediscovered works include 'three important watercolors from Dix's years in Duesseldorf, from 1922 and 1923. The titles of the works are Soubrette, Nächtens and Strich III. The period in which they were produced is deemed the most important for Dix's watercolors and was his most productive time.' "
Leah Sandals interviews Montreal Museum of Fine Arts curator Anne Grace about painter Otto Dix on the occasion of the exhibition Rogue Cabaret: The Terrifying and Beautiful World of Otto Dix. Grace says of Dix: "[He] isn’t a moralist; he’s not necessarily an anti-war artist. What he does is present us with images of what he lived through, what he experienced. When we present his art today, we’re invited to look at this harsh reality that affected Germans like him but that represents as well the political situation today in Afghanistan and other countries."
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