Portrait of Mr. Bittermann

A work made of gouache and watercolor, with scraping, over graphite, on ivory wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of gouache and watercolor, with scraping, over graphite, on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1923

Artist:

Otto Dix
German, 1891-1969

About this artwork

While many of the subjects for Dix's portraits can be identified, his watercolor portraits are often embodiments of a stereotype, providing an outlet for his critical attacks on society. Dix's portrait of Mr. Bittermann is an example of this type of depiction. He presents us with an image of the quintessential, hardnosed profiteer: the Bitter Man, unable to see beyond the glare that clouds his vision and apparently blind to the ills he perpetuates in the economy.

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Artist

Otto Dix

Title

Portrait of Mr. Bittermann

Origin

Germany

Date

1923

Medium

Gouache and watercolor, with scraping, over graphite, on ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed, titled and dated in graphite

Dimensions

544 x 462 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dr. and Mrs. William Shorey

Reference Number

1985.386

Copyright

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

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