Gallery finds art by Nazi-branded 'degenerate' Dix

By REUTERS
August 31, 2011 21:17

 
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BERLIN - A gallery has discovered four paintings by Otto Dix, the German expressionist whose art chronicled the horrors of World War One, the depravity of the Weimar Republic and was labeled "degenerate" by Adolf Hitler.

Famous for works critical of the darker side of German society in the 1920s, Dix's paintings were discovered among the belongings of his wife, gallery owner Herbert Remmert told Reuters on Wednesday.

The paintings were found in a portfolio untouched for decades on an estate in Bavaria owned by the ancestors of a Duesseldorf doctor and art collector who remained close to Dix even after his wife left him for the artist.

When the Nazis took power in 1933, Hitler branded Dix a degenerate and had many of his most important works burned.

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