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Otto Dix: Der Krieg. Das Dresdner Triptychon [in German]

Otto Dix: Der Krieg. Das Dresdner Triptychon [in German]

By Simone Fleischer and Olaf Peters

Dix started working on the triptych ten years after the end of the war, using it to reflect his experience of the conflict. In the style of an Old Master, the four panels reveal the “great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century”, showing troops setting off at daybreak (left panel), the battlefield as a place of death (central panel), soldiers returning from the hell of battle (right panel) and fallen soldiers resting in peace in a dugout (predella).

Otto Dix painted the triptych Der Krieg between 1928 and 1932. Ten years after the end of the First World War, the painting was created at a time of rekindled revanchist nationalism, when the National Socialist movement was becoming a party of the masses. Dix's main work is a reaction to the escalating situation in the Weimar Republic. At the same time as Dix was working on the triptych, numerous novels were written such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) by Erich Maria Remarque, while films appeared such as Westfront 1918 by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, also trying to find meaning in the senseless deaths.

Paperback
288 pages, 230 color illustrations
Sandstein Kommunikation, 2014
Text in German
9 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
ISBN 9783954980734

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