John Penn

Year: 1922

Description: In this water color depiction of a high seas sailor, we see more evidence of Otto Dix's persistent prejudice of navy men. 

The sailor is sunburnt and scruffy. His face is crestfallen as he contemplates the prostitutes he's left behind. These "hardships" contrast with those of soldiers from his work at this time.  In Der Krieg, his seminal work of 1924, soldiers are under constant threat and surrounded by the rotting corpses of less fortunate comrades. 

Provenance: Private Collection

  • Otto Dix Foundation, Valduz



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