“All art is exorcism"
Otto Dix was one of the most interesting German artists of the first half of the 20th Century.
He started his career painting landscapes, in the Expressionist style. But then he was sent to fight in WWI, and his paintings & style changed drastically.
He started capturing the absolute brutality and evil of war, so powerfully and vividly, that you can get a feel for it flipping through these pages.
He went on to become one of the leading figures in the “New Objectivity” movement (Neue Sachlichkeit), a reaction by German artists to the naïveté and romanticism of Expressionism.
On art, Dix said, “All art is exorcism…. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time.”