Stormtroopers Advancing Under Gas by Otto Dix

Etching, 1924.

Stormtroopers Advancing Under Gas

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Original Title :
Sturmtruppe geht unter Gas vor
Year of production :
Otto Dix
Medium :
Original print, Etching, Aquatint
Ink, Paper
Dimensions :
height: 19.6 cms; width: 29.1 cms
Credit Line :
Purchased from Garton European Prints with MGC/V&A Purchase Fund and the City of Leicester Museums Trust assistance
Copyright :
© DACS 2013.
Catalogue References:
Karsch 81 b. Rifkind 484 12.
Associated Groups :
Novembergruppe, Dresdner Sezession
Weimar Republic, Dix, Etching, War, Aquatint

This is Plate 12 from the series of 50 entitled War, published by Karl Nierendorf in 1924. War is Dix’s best-known printed work, in which he depicted the horror of WWI as he had experienced it. Dix had made over 600 drawings while serving as a front-line gunner. While less disturbing than some of the other subjects, this plate presents a chilling image of violence, death and the depersonalisation of war.

Dix, Grosz and Beckmann were the chief left wing exponents of the New Objectivity movement. They uncompromisingly presented Germany’s social condition during the Weimar Republic, exposing the hypocrisy, violence and corruption behind the superficial appearance of wellbeing. Dix and Beckmann dominated German printmaking after the First World War.

Printed by Karl Nierendorf.

V & A Purchase Grant FundThe City of Leicester Museums Trust

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