John Haber reviews The Graphic Impulse, a recent exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, featuring works on paper by Oskar Kokoschka, Vasily Kandinsky, Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, E. L. Kirchner, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Käthe Kollwitz. Athough the show's title plays on two meanings of the word "graphic" - explicit imagery (of war) and works on paper - Haber notes that "The show also presents an alternative history of Modernism... The roughly two-hundred and fifty works seem largely indifferent to Cubism. Here space is compressed rather than fragmented and multiplied, while real bodies shatter."
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.' "
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