Otto Dix. 16 water colour paintings for Ursus


5th April - 15th July 2005

opening: Monday 4th April 2005, 9pm.


Opening on April 4th, 9pm, at Galleria Blu, the exhibition "Otto Dix. 16 water colour paintings for Ursus” is organized with the collaboration of the Brera Academy for the series of lessons concerning "Art between work and interpretation".
The exhibition shows 16 water colour works painted between the 1920s and the 1930s, a new compound made of homogeneous elements which is very important on account of its rarity and peculiarity so pertaining to the topic of interpretation.
Otto Dix (Gera 1891 - Singen 1969), is one of the most important representatives of expressionism;  with his emotional and disquieting painting he fiercely criticized the moral dissoluteness of the society living between the two world wars. But in these water colour works he painted for his son Ursus, he leaves his usual subjects. The artist in fact, motivated by the love for his son, chooses subjects closer to a child’s imaginary. The most impressive element of these paintings is the greatness of Dix’s art shown through its typical expressive passion: you can perfectly see it in the characters’ attitudes (hyenas, tigers, carnival masks) and in the building of the scenes, where the disquieting atmosphere is given by the winding of stains and the quick distribution of the colours. Thus he creates a metamorphosis of the subject who is taken away from childhood and will go back -after the treatment-  to the world of the adults of those years, who are involved in a situation that is coming to a head, leading to the most dreadful form of Nazism which will brand Dix’s work as “degenerate art”. Particular importance is given to the painting of Carnival which seems anticipating -with the character of Death- the condemnation showed in the famous work “Die sieben Todsünden” of 1933, where the character has the same moustaches as the dictator .


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