The inspiration behind and work produced by the German expressionists is discussed and shown in this short series of films based around the works currently on display at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery’s Collection.
Otto Dix (1891-1969) studied in Dresden from 1910-1914 and was a painter of wall-decorations until he taught himself painting. Like many artists, Dix was initially enthusiastic when the First World War broke out and was a soldier throughout the war. During this time Dix, who soon discovered the brutality of war, produced numerous war drawings.
Dix had returned from the war for less than 2 years when he made this etching entitled “Match Seller” which is discussed here, one of a series called 5 Radierungen (5 Etchings), which show groups of disabled ex-soldiers, often with devastating injuries or psychological damage.