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    Otto Dix

1891 - 1969

German, Expressionist Painter and Printmaker

Education - Dresden School of Arts and Crafts

One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Otto Dix was one of the greatest German Expressionist painters. The movement was conceived in opposition of Impressionism.  The Expressionist painted with raw passion. Creating emotionally dramatic images with pure color and striking originality. Otto Dix asserted "All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time."

 Expressionist painters looked inward at their own emotions, and less on the outside world. Painters of the Expressionist generation grew up on the battlefield, witnessing wartime atrocities and returning to war ravaged countries.

Otto Dix Art Quotes

"Stop bothering me with your pathetic politics - I'd rather go to the whorehouse." -- Otto Dix

"Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture." -- Otto Dix

"I have to experience all the ghastly, bottomless depths for life for myself; it's for that reason that I went to war, and for that reason I volunteered." -- Otto Dix

"I will either be famous or infamous." -- Otto Dix

"I'm not that obsessed with making representations of ugliness. Everything I've seen is beautiful." -- Otto Dix

"Painting is the effort to produce order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time " -- Otto Dix

"People were already beginning to forget, what horrible suffering the war had brought them. I did not want to cause fear and panic, but to let people know how dreadful war is and so to stimulate people's powers of resistance." -- Otto Dix


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