The Online Otto Dix Project
German Painter and Printmaker
(December 2, 1891 - July 25, 1969)
Tangled Barbed Wire before the Trench (Drahtverhau vor dem Kampfgraben)
Barbed wire was invented in the 1870s for cattle containment. In the First World War, it was widely used as a defensive barrier. A soldier tangled in wire was an easy target for small arms fire.