1910-1914 | Early Work

The early work was created during his studies at the Dresden School of Arts and Crafts, a period that lasted from September 1910 until he was drafted in August 1914. The powerful late Impressionism of paintings of Gera and Dresden landscapes was followed in 1912 by a phase marked by a plurality of subjects. Until 1915, it is above all self-portraits and portraits of friends that motivate him to adapt and transform the wide range of artistic impressions his eidetic memory had allowed him to gather in the Dresden Gallery of Old Masters and in avant-garde galleries, impressions based on artists ranging from Dürer to Klinger and from van Gogh to Futurism. His sole sculpture, created in the spring of 1914, is motivated by enthusiasm for the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The vitalist notion of the perpetual cycle of birth and death is reflected primarily in Expressionist pen-and-ink drawings with erotic, Christian and mythical themes. The syncreticism of style that is a significant aspect of Dix's work appears for the first time as well as a basic theme running through his life work: the dialectic of Eros and death.The early work was created during his studies at the Dresden School of Arts and Crafts, a period that lasted from September 1910 until he was drafted in August 1914. The powerful late Impressionism of paintings of Gera and Dresden landscapes was followed in 1912 by a phase marked by a plurality of subjects. Until 1915, it is above all self-portraits and portraits of friends that motivate him to adapt and transform the wide range of artistic impressions his eidetic memory had allowed him to gather in the Dresden Gallery of Old Masters and in avant-garde galleries, impressions based on artists ranging from Dürer to Klinger and from van Gogh to Futurism. His sole sculpture, created in the spring of 1914, is motivated by enthusiasm for the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The vitalist notion of the perpetual cycle of birth and death is reflected primarily in Expressionist pen-and-ink drawings with erotic, Christian and mythical themes. The syncreticism of style that is a significant aspect of Dix's work appears for the first time as well as a basic theme running through his life work: the dialectic of Eros and death.

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