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Mädchen auf Fell [Nude Girl on a Fur]
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Mädchen auf Fell [Nude Girl on a Fur] 1932

Not on display

Dix was never afraid to paint his subjects in unflinching detail, often altering what he saw in order to heighten the sense of unglamourised reality. Here, the girl's left leg is twisted in an awkward manner so that her genitals are displayed at the centre of the painting. The style and composition of this work is influenced by German Renaissance artists, such as Lucas Cranach the Elder and Albrecht Dürer. Dix also employed a similar painting technique to the Old Masters, notable for its linearity and his use of glazes.

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Old Master

Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.


A period in European culture from the 14th to the 16th centuries in which the visual arts flourished with advances in the treatment of anatomy and the use of perspective. It is particularly associated with Italy, where it began, though the term applies elsewhere. It is noted for a revival of interest in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

Old Master, Renaissance


  • Acc. No. GMA 2195
  • Medium Tempera and oil on canvas mounted on wood
  • Size 98.50 x 142.80 cm (framed: 112.00 x 157.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Purchased 1980.