Monday, January 30, 2012

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection [Otto Dix: The War [1924]]

Otto Dix..
The War [1924]..
Otto Dix created this series of etching "The War" [1924] six years after the end of World War I. Unlike Jacques Callot and Francisco Goya, Dix had experienced war as a soldier, fighting for the Germans against French, British and American forces. He had volunteered and served as a machine gunnen in the trenches. This direct experience of war is revealed in scenes that are oddly framed and seen up close. Soldiers are shown wounded and dead, srinking and dancing, or upside down and broken into pieces. Dix explores the squalor of war fought in muddy trenches dug into the ground, and the terror of waepons like mustard gas. 'Storm Trooper Advancing under Gas" depicts soldiers in gas masks, which give their wearer a skeletal appearance. In dix's imagery, war doesnt transform only the people involved, but the land as well. In "Field of shell craters near Dontrien lit up by flares", he recors the preternaturally empty and threatening landscapes created by trench warfare. Dix allows the viewer nointellectual distance from wars, suffering, terror and confusion"...

Morbid Curiosity: Richard Harris Collection..

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