The Online Otto Dix Project

A German Artist and Print Maker

Portrait of Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann

Year: 1922

Description: Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann was a clinincal psychologist and a specialist in nervous systems. His sessions often included hypnotic therapy. In this portrait he appears both mad and under the spell of his own hypnotic trance. His eyes bulge and glitter. His fists are clenched and his posture is tense. What demons lurk beneath that morbid exterior? It's as though Dix turned tables on the doctor released them with his own psychological examination.

Provenance: The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

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  • Sabrina Sohn

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