“Businessman Max Roesberg”, Otto Dix – overview of the painting
- Posted by Otto Dix
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: 1922
Overview of the painting :
Businessman Max Roesberg – Otto Dix. 1922. Oil on canvas. 94 x 63.5 cm
An artist who worked in different directions – from expressionism to dadaisma, Otto Dix acts in this picture as a representative of the current called “New Materiality”: it reflected the mood that swept people in a time that was embarrassing for Germany after the defeat in World War I.
In the characters of Dix, and he painted dealers, lawyers, picture dealers, poets and prostitutes – a lot of funny and sad things, like in this businessman. His lapidar figure seems to have the impression of something reliable, but the man’s gaze is blushing, and the hand holding the document is unsure. On the table in front of Roesberg, whose activity, apparently, is not filled with special meaning – objects of business that look like trinkets here. Behind the wall, the artist placed a watch, a symbol of the leaking time and the brandy of being, as well as a calendar reminiscent of a cycle of life that is empty if there are no activities that elevate the soul. The clean, non-obstructed colors of this work give the impression of the vacuum in which a person exists.