Otto Dix (1891 – 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war.

Otto Dix (1891 – 1969) was a German painter and printmaker, noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and the brutality of war.

Stormtroops advancing under a gas attack [Sturmtruppe geht unter Gas vor] : The scene is other worldly as gas clouds the atmosphere. Their features are obscured by masks and their fingers are curled like claws. These are men who will kill by any means. But are they men?  Publisher: From Der Krieg; #12  National Gallery of Austrailia  Canberra

Stormtroops advancing under a gas attack [Sturmtruppe geht unter Gas vor] : The scene is other worldly as gas clouds the atmosphere. Their features are obscured by masks and their fingers are curled like claws. These are men who will kill by any means. But are they men? Publisher: From Der Krieg; #12 National Gallery of Austrailia Canberra

Dix was profoundly affected by the sights of the war, and would later describe a recurring nightmare in which he crawled through destroyed houses. He represented his traumatic experiences in many subsequent works, including a portfolio of fifty etchings called War, published in 1924.

Dix was profoundly affected by the sights of the war, and would later describe a recurring nightmare in which he crawled through destroyed houses. He represented his traumatic experiences in many subsequent works, including a portfolio of fifty etchings called War, published in 1924.

Otto Dix, Weimar Berlin, 1928. Dix was a scarey guy. Showing the post-war decadence that made many of Hitler's obscenities easier for the non-reasoning public to swallow.

Otto Dix, Weimar Berlin, 1928. Dix was a scarey guy. Showing the post-war decadence that made many of Hitler's obscenities easier for the non-reasoning public to swallow.

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