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OTTO DIX 
(Uternhaus, Thuringia 1891 – 1969 Hemmenhofen, Switzerland)

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Ref: Karsch 35 II
298 x 198 mm
Drypoint, 1922.
From Zircus.
Edition of 50.

£4500

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Along with Max Beckmann, Dix was the outstanding artist of the German Neue Sachlichkeit (new objectivity) movement in the 1920’s.

As a student and while serving in the First World War Dix had been an Expressionist, but after the war he moved to the new Verismus (Truth) style to express his feelings about the state of contemporary post-war German society.

In 1922, the same year that Max Beckmann’s Der Jahrmarkt (New Year’s Day Fair) was published, Dix produced a series of ten drypoints together entitled Zircus.

The concept of life as a circus or cabaret act derives ultimately from Wedekind’s plays.


Drypoint is an etching-related intaglio process in which, as it name suggests, no liquid acid is used.

The artist needles directly into the raw copper surface. The needle raises a shaving of metal at the edges of the lines which holds ink when the plate is inked for printing, resulting in a thick velvety ‘burr’ to the printed line.


For more information, and further examples of drypoints and other Intaglio forms of printmaking, please explore the Drypoint page in the Techniques section of this website.