The Artist: Otto Dix
Expressionism is a revolutionary art form developed in the early 20th century where artists wanted to release the deeper emotions which they felt lay beneath the surface of everyday life. Paul Wyatt was commissioned to produce 12 films for a major exhibition entitled Expressionism: The Total Artwork. This extraordinary collection of expressionist works are held at Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
Six films about prominent works and artists in the collection were produced as well as a number of longer interviews with art historians and artists intended to be viewed alongside the artworks in the gallery space itself.
Otto Dix had returned from the war for less than 2 years when he made this etching entitled Match Seller which is discussed here, one of a series called 5 Radierungen (5 Etchings), which show groups of disabled ex-soldiers, often with devastating injuries or psychological damage.