In this post, I feature a portrait by German painter and printmaker, Otto Dix
Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden,
mixed media on wood
Dix had met her on the street, and declared:
'I must paint you! I simply must! ... You are representative of an entire epoch!'
'So, you want to paint my lacklustre eyes, my ornate ears, my long nose, my thin lips; you want to paint my long hands, my short legs, my big feet—things which can only scare people off and delight no-one?'
'You have brilliantly characterized yourself, and all that will lead to a portrait representative of an epoch concerned not with the outward beauty of a woman but rather with her psychological condition.'