The Online Otto Dix Project

A German Artist and Print Maker

The Artist's Family

Year: 1927

Description: This depiction of the artist's family was completed in 1927 after the birth of Otto and Martha's second child, Ursus. Four year old Nelly hides behind her mother and offers a flower to the infant.

This painting is noteworthy for its self-deprecation. While he was quick accentuate the worst features in others, Dix generally portrayed himself in a flattering manner. Here young Ursus has reduced Dix to a blithering idiot. He coos and makes faces at the boy.

Provenance: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

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  • Sabrina Sohn

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