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.