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Otto Dix Prints

I have enrolled myself onto a Photo etching course at the end of the month. I plan to move post mortem/forensic photography into the medium of print. I’ve been looking for some inspiration of the technique i will be using and stumbled across some Otto Dix prints produced during the war. I love the graininess of the etching almost looks dirty, that corresponds so well with the dark images of dead soldiers on the front line.

 

Corpse in barbed wire - Flanders [Leiche im Drahtverhau - Flandern]

Title: Corpse in barbed wire – Flanders [Leiche im Drahtverhau – Flandern]

Year: 1924

Description: Here we see a fine use of aquatint to capture the rich textures of a horrible scene. With this technique, the plate is coated with resin and given an acid bath. The acid erodes areas not coated with material and leaves behind a porous finish.

Publisher: From Der Krieg; #16

Dead man in the mud [Toter im Schlamm]
Title: Dead man in the mud [Toter im Schlamm]

Year: 1924
Description: Mud defined a soldier’s experience on the Western Front. He marched in it, slept in it, fought in it and often died in it. For the artist it offered rich textures which Dix captured nicely with aquatint.

 

Publisher: From Der Krieg; #23
National Gallery of Austrailia
Canberra
Dying soldier [Sterbender Soldat]
Title: Dying soldier [Sterbender Soldat]

Year: 1924
Description: His hair appears as a crown of thorns and life slips from his body. His body is torn to shreds and irreparable. The artist can only wait for this martyr to Imperial ambition to slip into oblivion.

 

Publisher: From Der Krieg; #26
National Gallery of Austrailia
Canberra
Skull (Schädel)
Title: Skull (Schädel)
Year: 1924
Description: For all its waste, the war provided a windfall for scavengers. The First World War produced generations of happy worms and maggots. Trench rats roamed as big as beavers. Gas was sometimes a welcome respite as it decimated these pests.
Publisher: From Der Krieg; #31
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Skin Graft (Transplantation)
Title: Skin Graft (Transplantation)
Year: 1924
Description: Many soldiers returned home horribly disfigured by the war. Efforts were made to improve their looks but methods were primitive and wounds grotesque. Some simply opted for masks. Others couldn’t bear such an existence.
Publisher: From Der Krieg;#40
National Gallery of Austrailia
Canberra
Dead Man (St. Clément) [Toter (St. Clément)]
Title: Dead Man (St. Clément) [Toter (St. Clément)]
Year: 1924
Description: At first glance, he could be sleeping. His head lies comfortably on a mound which resembles a pillow. Then you notice a hole in his cheek. And brains ooze from his skull…
Publisher: From Der Krieg; #42
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
Dead Men before the Position near Tahure (Tote vor der Stellung bei Tahure) from The War (Der Krieg)
Title: Dead Men before the Position near Tahure (Tote vor der Stellung bei Tahure) from The War (Der Krieg)

Year: 1924
Description: It is said that dead men tell no tales. That might be true, this pair seem quite chatty.
Publisher: From Der Krieg; #50
Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
all images and description of prints from http://www.ottodix.org/index/catalog-prints
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