Otto Dix

Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926          

There is an exhibit on right now at the Neue Gallerie  in New York (86th and 5th).  It has quite a few paintings that were in the German Expressionist exhibit at the Met a couple years ago, but it also has quite a few prints and watercolors about war.  They are really powerful too.  Seeing them made me think of that book, All Quiet On The Western Front.  What a gruesomely and starkly depressing book that was.

This painting is not actually in the Neue exhibition.  It is in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.  But, there is one called In The House of Mirrors, or something like that that is all silver toned.  It is really something.

The only thing I really hate is when artists paint sexually explicit paintings of children, usually young girls.  Otto’s exhibit has a few.  One is of a naked young girl with elbow length black gloves on.  

I have a problem with Balthus for the same reason.  I know he is supposed to be so fabulous but really - does it not matter that he sexually  objectifies young girls?  It really makes me angry.  Besides, all his paintings look alike.

I also recently saw the Lucien Freud exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  Whether you like what he paints or not, you can’t help but think he really is an amazing painter.  But boy, does he wear his screwed-up-ness on his sleeve or what?

Lucien Freud Reflection with Two Children, Self-Portrait         

originally published: March 22, 2010

© Trixie Pitts 2009