Artillery Battle (Artillerieschlacht)

Accession Number

Artillery Battle (Artillerieschlacht)

Otto Dix

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
charcoal and gouache on paper mounted on linen

22 3/10 in x 22 ⅛ in x 1 ½ in (56.67 cm x 56.2 cm x 3.81 cm);22 3/10 in x 22 ⅛ in x 1 ½ in (56.67 cm x 56.2 cm x 3.81 cm);16 in x 15 ⅝ in (40.64 cm x 39.69 cm)

Subject matter
Otto Dix's "Artillery Battle" is a study in the horrible experience of mechanized warfare in World War I. The painting depicts how it felt to be powerless, completely at the mercy of the mighty machines of war, like artillery.

Physical Description
A human face in anguish, with hands raised to his cheeks, looks out from the center of a visual field full of slashing diagonals and explosive triangles of color. On the left side, smoke billows.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Expressionist (style)
bombs (explosive weapons)
faces (animal components)
gouaches (paintings)
modern and contemporary art

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