Match Seller by Otto Dix
Art work details
- Year of production :
- Otto Dix
- Medium :
- Etching, Artist proof
- Ink, Paper
- Credit Line :
- Purchased with assistance from the City of Leicester Museums Trust, ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and The Art Fund
- Copyright :
- © DACS 2014.
- Associated Groups :
- Novembergruppe, Dresdner Sezession
- Weimar Republic, Portrait, Dix, Etching
Before he printed the main edition of a print, Dix would usually create 2 or 3 ‘proofs’, to check the detail and appearance of the print was to his liking.
Dix had returned from the war for less than 2 years when he made this etching, one of a series called 5 Radierungen (5 Etchings), which show groups of disabled ex-soldiers, often with devastating injuries or psychological damage.
Dix forces us to confront the blind match-seller’s bleak existence on the streets; his arms and legs lost in the war and his presence ignored by passers-by. A dachshund urinates gleefully on the stumps of the unfortunate man’s legs, underlining his woeful state.