The Skull

After studying realism in Dresden, Dix was drafted into WWI and profoundly affected by his experiences with trench warfare. Dix began to criticize their politics in his work, and was therefore deemed as a degenerate and forced to resign from his teaching position. He then adopted a less controversial style, painting religious subjects in romantic and eventually expressionist style. This is a gruesome image of decay and worms investing a human skill.  It is meant to symbolize the indescribable horrors of the first World War. For Dix and other European artists of WWI era, skulls were powerful tools to express the dark reality of death that the disaster of war inevitably brings.

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