Oct 3, 2005

Josef May

Josef May


Otto Dix

(German, 1891–1969)

Oil, egg tempera, and other media on board

Framed: 105.1 x 88.9 x 6 cm (41 3/8 x 35 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 84 x 68.8 cm (33 1/16 x 27 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1985.40


A leader of the New Objectivity movement in Germany, Dix painted bitter critiques of modern capitalist society. To achieve a more incisive realism in his brutally honest portraits, he mixed egg tempera with other media. The sitter for this portrait, Josef May, was the Jewish manager of the Grünberg grain company in Arnsberg. When the Nazis seized power in 1933, May fled to Holland, where he died of a heart attack in 1938.


The New Realism Movement
Tempera Painting
Humor in Dix's Work
See also

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