Otto Dix. Nocturnal Apparition (Nächtliche Erscheinung). 1923

Otto Dix

Nocturnal Apparition (Nächtliche Erscheinung)


composition: 19 1/8 x 14 5/8" (48.6 x 37.1 cm); sheet: 24 1/2 x 18 7/16" (62.3 x 46.8 cm)
Karl Nierendorf, Berlin
65; plus one trial proof of state I
Carol O. Selle Fund (by exchange)
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The nocturnal apparition here is a streetwalker, a seeming death mask version of Dix's luridly colored and grotesquely distorted portrait of another prostitute, Leonie. The image may reflect the common fear of syphilis and other diseases associated with prostitution; it is also a scorched, spectral emblem of the ravaged state of German society. In the background at the left is a subtly camouflaged profile of the artist.

Gallery label from German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, March 27–July 11, 2011

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Ilse Schweinsteiger, Munich; to Garton European Prints PLC, London, 1992; to Charles M. Young Fine Prints and Drawings, Glastonbury, Connecticut, [?]; to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995

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