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Little Girl, 1922

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winstonexpand_more  75.72.3

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In the early 1920s, Otto Dix determined to make a name for himself. Saying, “I will either become notorious or famous,” he challenged artistic conventions, painting subjects considered ugly or taboo in a realistic manner that became known as the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity). Here, a young naked girl is depicted in an uncomfortably close and realistic manner, her blue veins recorded with unsettling accuracy. Yet the portrayal is matter-of-fact rather than provocative; she has an innocence devoid of shame about her natural state.

Details
Title
Little Girl
Artist Life
1891–1969
Role
Artist
Accession Number
75.72.3
Provenance
Possibly Karl Nierendorf, Cologne, Germany by 1924. Donald and Elizabeth Martin Winston, Los Angeles, California by 1975; gift to MIA in 1975.
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