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Dix (Midsize) [Paperback]

Eva Karcher
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Reprint edition (30 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822819875
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822819876
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,201,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taschen quality for this biography of the German artist Otto Dix. Illustrated throughout mostly in colour.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute bargain 16 May 2003
Generally as far as art books are concerned it's hard to beat Taschen for value for money. Even a paperback such as this has a more solid than usual lined cover. This book takes you from Dix's early Van Gogh inspired oils of 1910-1913 through his horrifying comic style war cripples,jazz portraits,that curious mix of high life and low life that typifies pre Nazi Germany with some very stunning and powerful works. Essentially a realist painter, his style, or rather styles, somewhat mellow, understandably with the rise of Hitler and the 'Degenerate' art attacks. A parralel with Shostakovich and the 'Stalin threats' is obvious, but as where with Shostakovich we get a focusing and a gradual rise to the pinnicles of his art, with the older Dix we see a somewhat treading of water and a resignation, the humour goes and a Germanic fantasy is ordered in. After the war, up until his death in 1969, there is no real return to 'the height of his powers' of the twenties. The 'self portrait with fur cap' of 1947 is stylistically back with the post-impressionist inspired early works. However Dix is always interesting and his works of all periods have a great clarity about them. He's a painter and this is a book I wouldn't want to be without.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 April 2009
I love this painter. The book I purchased was second hand, but it was in such a good condition. Thank you Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!! 2 Oct 2009
By TH - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only was this the most comprehensive book I have found on Otto, but it had the most amazing breadth of works. This will be a great resource for my work, and I was blown away by the quality of pictures. Thanks for getting it to me so quickly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Raw Paintings of Otto Dix 20 May 2012
By Mike B - Published on Amazon.com
There is an astounding range in the paintings of Otto Dix - from self-portraits, brothel paintings, war paintings and family-style portraits. Also the paintings are raw and to the point (battle scenes, women with pendulous breasts...). In a sense Dix's paintings do give a coarse sensuality to the unattractive and decadent side of life.

The main emphasis of this book is on the paintings and the reproductions are excellent (as we would expect from a Taschen book). We learn little of the relation of Dix to his wife and family, or to Nazism. Sometimes the author over-intellectualizes the paintings, like the "Big City (Tritych)". However, there are revealing quotes of Dix on his paintings. And there is a lack of follow-through - it should have been mentioned that Anita Berber died at the age of thirty of alcohol abuse.
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