Otto Dix. Nocturnal Apparition (Nächtliche Erscheinung). 1923
Otto Dix

Nocturnal Apparition (Nächtliche Erscheinung)

1923
Not on view
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
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)
Publisher
Karl Nierendorf, Berlin
Printer
unknown
Edition
65; plus one trial proof of state I
Credit
Carol O. Selle Fund (by exchange)
Object number
710.1995
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints

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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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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