About This Artwork

Otto Dix (German, 1891-1969)
published by Verlag Karl Nierendorf/Galerie Nierendorf (German)

The Mad Woman of St Marie-à-Py, from War, 1924

Drypoint on cream laid paper
288 x 195 mm (plate); 475 x 353 mm (sheet)

Margaret Fisher Endowment, 1999.359.5

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

In contrast to the control of many prints in War, this image of a woman driven insane by the violence of war remains on the edge of legibility. The artist’s schematic and often seemingly arbitrary techniques, particularly around the face and head of the woman, support the content of the print, which exposes the most extreme psychic devastation that the war wrought on the civilian population. Otto Dix further emphasized the importance of highlighting this critical effect of the war on society as a whole by placing it at the opening of the third folio of the series (of five total, each with ten prints).

— Exhibition label, Belligerent Encounters: Graphic Chronicles of War and Revolution, 1500–1945, July 31–October 23, 2011, Galleries 124–127.

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