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Otto Dix (1891-1969). To Beauty, (1922). Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal.

The central figure in this painting is Otto Dix himself, and there is no beauty to the scene. Standing in the middle of a brothel, he is holding a telephone in his left hand. The right side of his face is in shadow, while a left-looking glance sidles towards us somewhat menacingly. The only people here who do not look like wind-up dolls are Dix and the maniacally grinning black jazz drummer (with a fragment of the American flag sticking out of his breast pocket).

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