Museum Folkwang
Bildnis Frau Martha Dix
  • Otto Dix
  • Bildnis Frau Martha Dix, 1928

  • Portrait of Mrs. Martha Dix
  • Mixed media on wood
  • 60 x 59,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1969 with the financial support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 363
  • CommentaryIn the nineteen-twenties, the portrait became a favorite subject of innovative artistic strategies. In reflecting on the essentials, the artistic moment shifts more emphatically than ever between model and likeness. And yet, the individualizing moment is retained despite stylizing representations in female portraits, such as those by Otto Dix and Rudolf Belling seen here. In ›Bildnis Frau Martha Dix‹ (Portrait of Mrs. Martha Dix), whom Dix married in 1923, the artist emphasizes, for instance, not only her distinctive facial features, but also her avant-gardist haircut. The monochrome color scheme and the accentuation of the two-dimensional image surface support her seemingly iconic presence as does the concomitant exaggeration and simultaneous reduction of details.
  • Provenance1929, Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zürich
    1929, Dr. B., Zürich
    1969, Galerie Michael Hertz, Bremen
    1969, Kauf bei Hertz, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,963
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Bildnis Frau Martha Dix
  • Obj_Title2_S: Portrait of Mrs. Martha Dix
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  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Bildnis Frau Martha Dix Portrait of Mrs. Martha Dix Bildnis Frau Martha Dix
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1928
  • Jahr von: 1,928
  • Jahr bis: 1,928
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 363
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0363
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 60 x 59,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Mixed media on wood
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Mixed media on wood
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1969 with the financial support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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In the nineteen-twenties, the portrait became a favorite subject of innovative artistic strategies. In reflecting on the essentials, the artistic moment shifts more emphatically than ever between model and likeness. And yet, the individualizing moment is retained despite stylizing representations in female portraits, such as those by Otto Dix and Rudolf Belling seen here. In ›Bildnis Frau Martha Dix‹ (Portrait of Mrs. Martha Dix), whom Dix married in 1923, the artist emphasizes, for instance, not only her distinctive facial features, but also her avant-gardist haircut. The monochrome color scheme and the accentuation of the two-dimensional image surface support her seemingly iconic presence as does the concomitant exaggeration and simultaneous reduction of details.