Otto Dix Impact On War

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Otto Dix was born on December 2nd, 1891 in Untermhaus, Germany. Dix had a great contribution to the New Objectivity. He did not stick to a single style, throughout his life, “can be classified as a Verist, Social Realist, Magic Realist, and a Romantic”(McGreevy, 1) greater in his life he would become a famous for his controversial topics, especially his depictions of war. Through Trench Warfare and The War Cripples, Otto Dix was able to capture a horrifying essence of war, and the unfortunate reality of the crippled veterans. Otto Dix knew and lived the atrocities of World War I firsthand. Among millions of other young men, Dix voluntarily enlisted for the war at age twenty three in August 1914 (Hughes and Blom, 110). He trained and fought…show more content…
The second title is somewhat of a giveaway to the satirical meaning of the painting. The veterans are mutilated, barely able to stand on their own, yet they still have to find a way to work and provide for themselves to survive. Dix made real-life references in this painting. After the war, protests for better pensions were being conducted by crippled veterans in Germany (Hughes and Blom, 113). However, Dix’s parading veterans in The War Cripples are sometimes criticized for the cynical, cartoon-like feel they…show more content…
The same technology that handicapped veterans was somehow not able to fix them (Eberle, 42). Interestingly enough, Dix not only criticized German society for ignoring their veterans, but was also cynical about the disabled veterans as well. In Dix’s eyes, the victims of war were “half men, half machines” (Eberle, 42). They were now forced to live their lives in a society that did not express great concern for them, and had to depend on their prosthetics to survive. Dix’s negative view of the war and its casualties brought negative attention to him by German

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