The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26 1925 / 1926
  • Artist Rooms
This double portrait of the painter Otto Dix and his wife Martha was created in Cologne. Its composition derives its force from the dynamic tension between her full frontal face and his profile. Here, Otto looks towards his wife, while she looks forwards directly and confidently into the camera. His placement slightly behind her emphasizes her position as his subject of primary interest. Nonetheless, she leans into him slightly, the white collar of her blouse echoing his pale shirt and her ribbons echoing his bowtie. This double portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘The Woman and the Man’, classified in the group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’.


  • Acc. No. AL00143
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 20.50 x 24.10 cm (paper 43.90 x 33.80 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010