Otto Dix - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, April 25, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hauswedell & Nolte, Moderne Kunst, June 1-3, 1978, lot 282.

  • Literature

    Ulrike Lorenz, Otto Dix, Das Werkverzeichnis der Zeichnungen und Pastelle, vol. 1, Weimar, 2003, no. WK 7.0.39 (illustrated under 7.0.37).

  • Catalogue Essay

    Appreciation goes to Mr. Rainer Pfefferkorn at the Otto Dix Archive for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    After art school in Dresden, Dix volunteered service for World War I in order to “see everything with my own eyes” and was placed on both the Eastern and Western fronts in France. During this time, he produced several hundred drawings and gouaches, mostly based on what he had seen in the trenches. In 1918, after four years of combat, Dix resumed his studies and developed his skills with the brush incorporating elements of Orphic cubism. Dix worked on mystical birth motifs (cycles of life) during 1914 and 1918. Only with the birth of his own children in 1923 and 1927 did he portray them in an earthly realm and his Weimar era style.

    There are no facts, only interpretations. Friedrich Nietzsche

Property from the Estate of Ann Nisenson, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara


Junge Familie (Liebespaar) (Young Family, Lovers)

Ink brush and tusche drawing, on cream paper,
15 5/9 x 15 3/6 in. (39.5 x 39.4 cm)
signed and dated `18' in tusche crayon lower right, titled 'Junge Familie' in black crayon and further annotated 'D9' and '153' in pencil on the reverse, framed.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $32,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 25 April 2016