L'œuvre Erinnerungen an die Spiegelsäle von Brüssel - Centre Pompidou

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Erinnerungen an die Spiegelsäle von Brüssel

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Otto Dix (1891 - 1969)

Erinnerungen an die Spiegelsäle von Brüssel

(Souvenirs de la galerie des glaces à Bruxelles)

1920

Huile et glacis sur fonds d'argent sur toile

124 x 80,4 cm

Inscriptions :

S.D. en bas à gauche : DIX / 1920

Au revers, sur la toile : DIX 1920 / Erinnerung an die / Spiegelsáále von / Brüssel

Achat en souvenir de Siegfried Poppe, 1999

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1999-178

Description for the presentation 2013-2014 in the National Museum of Modern Art

During the Twenties, Otto Dix adopted a caricatural style in his paintings, and expressed acerbic criticism of society in the Weimar Republic. At that time Germany was in a paradoxical phase where festivity and economic disaster went hand in hand. Here Dix pastiched the Cubist principle of simultaneous viewpoints by transposing it into a mundane setting, the Crystal Palace in Brussels: a café converted into a brothel, famous for its rooms entirely covered in mirrors.

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

In 1920, Otto Dix grew close to the Berlin Dadaists, notably Grosz and Heartfield, and showed at the International Dada Fair. Working in cartoonish fashion, Dix here depicts a “memory” of war: the off-duty amusements of the general staff. The painting shows a red-faced general, drinking French champagne in the company of a blonde prostitute at the Cristal Palace, a Brussels café fitted out as a brothel, famous for its mirrored rooms. This allows Dix to indulge in a parody of Cubism, fragments of the main subject being reflected on all sides.

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