L'œuvre Bildnis der Journalistin Sylvia von Harden - Centre Pompidou

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Bildnis der Journalistin Sylvia von Harden

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(c) Adagp (c) Cinétévé - Centre Pompidou, 2004

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Otto Dix (1891 - 1969)

Bildnis der Journalistin Sylvia von Harden

(Portrait de la journaliste Sylvia von Harden,
Portrait de femme)

1926

Huile et tempera sur bois

121 x 89 cm

Inscriptions :MO.D.H.DR. : OD / 1926

Achat, 1961

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 3899 P

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

Living in Berlin between 1925 and 1927, Otto Dix painted a series of portraits typical of Neue Sachlichkeit (the New Objectivity). In them he makes reference to such early 16th-century German masters as Grünewald, Cranach and Holbein, not only in the technique – tempera on wood – but in the uncompromising character of the depictions. The journalist Sylvia von Harden is shown here sitting alone, in role of the emancipated woman intellectual she sought to be in 1920s Berlin, her nonchalance somewhat unnatural, the disdainful self-possession of the face contradicted by the writhing hand.

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