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Sale: 489 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 115

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Alte Birnbäume in Hemmenhofen. 1940.
Mixed media with Oil on panel.
Löffler 1940/15. Monogrammed and dated in lower left. 75 x 100.5 cm (29.5 x 39.5 in).
Panel strutted on rear.
- From the time of the artist's inner emigration.
- In Old Master manner

PROVENANCE: Former Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.

With Otto Dix‘s "inner" emigration in the days of National Socialism, at first in Randegg and later in Hemmenhofen, a new chapter of the artist’s painting was opened. Remote from the metropolis, which had always supplied him with ideas for his awkward and enigmatic portraits, Otto Dix sought to discover a new world in landscape depictions, which is also owed to the political changes. This new focus had by then been rather uninteresting to him. The landscape pictures from the late 1930s and the 1940s show an artist that seems to have changed quite a bit, as he now seeks his motifs in a manner that calls reminiscence of the Old Masters and the influence of the 16th century Danube School. However, the landscapes may appear innocent at first sight, but yet, they have their own dynamic. One the one hand, there is a clear artistic perfection with which Otto Dix endows his landscapes, on the other hand, there is a secret, almost mystic message that seems to hover above all these landscapes, its decryption remains a mystery to the observer. Despite their seeming closeness to nature, the landscapes are composed on the basis of observations of nature and made in the studio. The bulky group of old pear trees and its monumentality dominates our picture, the rest of the landscape remains in the background. But yet, a swarm of birds leads the eye into the picture’s depth and gives a slight idea of freedom, a freedom that is, in return hidden behind the mighty group of trees. In this arrangement one could see a metaphor for the days in which the work was made. [SM]
Otto Dix
Alte Birnbäume in Hemmenhofen, 1940.
Oil on panel
Post auction sale: € 190,000 / $ 214,700

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