The Online Otto Dix Project

A German Artist and Print Maker


Year: 1913

Description: Before the war, Dix was an amateur artist working in Dresden. In 1912, the city was home to a major exhibition of the works of Van Gogh. As Sunrise reveals, the young Dix was influenced by the Dutch artist.

In 1920, Dix donated Sunrise (Sonnenaufgang) to the city museum in Dresden. When the NSDAP came to power, they deemed it offensive and had it removed. The work was in private hands after the war.

In 2013, four German cultural foundations pooled resources and purchased the painting at auction in order to donate it to the Städtische Galerie.

Provenance: St�dtische Galerie Dresden

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  • Sabrina Sohn

    I was wondering if the subject matter himself commissioned the artist to draw the doctor or not? thanks