couples dancing at R; women dressed in light colors, men dressed in dark colors; couple embracing on a couch at L; table with bottle and glasses, LLC

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Matrosen in Antwerpen (Sailors in Antwerp), plate 32 from Der Krieg (The War), 1924

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The crude groping and dancing of these ugly sailors and women in a dark tavern in Antwerp show that barbarian behavior was not reserved for the battlefield. The plates from Der Krieg seem to tie humankind’s basic, reptilian instincts—survival and procreation—to those of animals.

Otto Dix compared printmaking to alchemy, celebrating aquatint for its endless transformative possibilities. To describe the shadows of this sordid brothel, he placed the copper plate in the acid bath multiple times, and used stopping-out varnish to create highlights in the darkness

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Details
Title
Matrosen in Antwerpen (Sailors in Antwerp), plate 32 from Der Krieg (The War)
Artist Life
1891–1969
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2005.16.1.32
Catalogue Raisonne
Karsch 101
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couples dancing at R; women dressed in light colors, men dressed in dark colors; couple embracing on a couch at L; table with bottle and glasses, LLC

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