The Online Otto Dix Project

A German Artist and Print Maker

Wounded Veteran

Year: 1922

Description: This is a subtle but powerful illustration of the ravages of modern war. Unfortunately this type of wound was far too common. First War shells didn't spray as efficiently as the did in the Second. Large pieces tended to hurl intact. As a result, shrapnel struck fewer men but with more severe results. Here the veteran stands alone against a large background. The colors and the presentation are somewhat subdued but the his gaping wound reaches out and grabs you. Dix doesn't attempt to provide commentary. He simply says, "Here, look at this." You can't help but stare.

Provenance: Private Collection

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  • Sabrina Sohn

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