Lens Being Bombed

Lens Being Bombed
, 1924

Etching, Aquatint
H.29.8 X W.24.6cm
Metropolitan Museum, New York

Otto Dix (1891 - 1969) Germany

Fifty prints appear in Dix’s portfolio Der Kreig (The War). Each draw from Dix’s own experience in the First World War. 

The artist had joined as an enthusiastic volunteer and was for over four years a soldier in the trenches of Champagne and Flanders. He survived the Battle of the Somme, where half a million lives were lost, and was wounded multiple times in battle. In vivid detail the horrors of the war are brought to life: gassing, shelling, barbed wire, civilian death, the trench, madness, death, disfigurement and pain.  Dix claimed that the process was cathartic; he had to rid himself of the horrors.

He is said to have had a recurring nightmare of crawling through destroyed houses. Lens Being Bombed highlights a new weapon, the aeroplane, and the panic that advancing technology brought with it.



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