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New Otto Dix paintings found
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New Otto Dix paintings found

Published: 30 Aug 2011 17:06 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Aug 2011 17:06 GMT+02:00

Four previously unknown watercolours by Otto Dix, one of Germany’s most important expressionist painters, have been discovered in Bavaria. The works come from Dix’s Düsseldorf period in 1922 and 1923.

The paintings are the second spectacular Dix find from an estate left by the daughter of Martha and Hans Koch, Düsseldorf art collectors at the time, whose lives became entangled with Dix’s.

Last year a valuable preparatory sketch for the major lost work “Winter Fairytale” was discovered in a dossier that had been left unopened for decades.

The works include watercolours “Night-time” and “Soubrette,” and a preparatory work for Dix’s famous portrait of the art deal Alfred Flechtheim. A large-scale watercolour “Strich III,“ showing a street scene with prostitutes, was also found. Gallery owner Herbert Remmert said some of the works were worth more than €200,000.

Remmert said the Koch estate could contain more discoveries – it is also said to contain children’s books painted by Dix.

Remmert’s gallery tracked down the lost works to Koch’s granddaughter in Bavaria. Martha Koch fell in love with Dix when he moved to Düsseldorf in the 1920s, and Hans Koch divorced his wife as a result of the relationship.

Dix is famous for painting the uglier sides of sides of society, and particularly for his nightmarish impressions of the First World War. His creative highpoint is considered to be his paintings of Berlin from the mid-1920s.

Remmert is planning to show the newly discovered paintings along with other works in an exhibition in Düsseldorf to mark Dix’s 120th birthday later this year.

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08:13 August 31, 2011 by William Thirteen
another reason to visit Düsseldorf this year!
12:24 August 31, 2011 by Gretl
Ugh, not my taste.
06:20 September 1, 2011 by crunchy2k
His work looks like what's on the L.A.freeways....children drawings. As to water colors at that date, means he couldn't afford paint. Sorry, just my jab at impressionistic painting. I like the realists. They had the talent to paint pictures we use cameras to capture today.
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