More than just a coffee-table tome, Otto Dix — published by the Neue Galerie to coincide with its major exhibition of the artist’s work — captures Berlin’s debauchery-filled Weimar Republic through the life of its greatest visual chronicler.
Best known for his portraits of prominent thinkers, artists, self-styled provocateurs, and anonymous passersby, Dix helped define popular notions of the era’s contradictory idealism and internal decay. The exhibition catalog features stunning reprints of his most famous pieces, as well as his depictions of life in the WWI trenches and allegorical paintings made during the Third Reich.
With accompanying photographs, images, and text that frame the story of each subject and work — not to mention the life of the artist throughout it all — the collection is a portal to the romance and reality of that bygone era.
Portrait of the Dancer Anita Berber, 1925
Portrait of the Laryngologist Dr. Mayer-Hermann, 1926
(L-R) Portrait of the Lawyer Hugo Simons, 1925; Portrait of a Young Girl (Erni), 1928; The Artist’s Family, 1927
Reclining Woman on a Leopard Skin, 1927
Group Portrait, Guenther Franke, Paul Ferdinand Schmidt, and Karl Nierendorf, 1923