Portrait of journalist Sylvia von Harden, Otto Dix – overview of the painting

Portrait of journalist Sylvia von Harden, Otto Dix – overview of the painting
Portrait of journalist Sylvia von Harden, Otto Dix - overview of the painting - 1

  • Posted by Otto Dix
  • Museum: Georges Pompidou Center, Paris
  • Year: 1926

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of journalist Sylvia von Harden – Otto Dix. Wood, butter. 121 x 89 cm
   Otto Dix was one of the most famous portratists of his time. People of many professions were eager to get a portrait of Dix’s brush. However, the portrait of Sylvia Harden was an exception in all senses.

   1926 year. The revolution in the world of high fashion. Women start wearing trousers and short skirts. Short laid hair and bright makeup can be seen at every second fashionista. However, not only the appearance of the woman has changed. She becomes more independent, freer in her judgments, courageous, without losing her femininity. And it was such a revolutionary woman that he saw on the street in Sylvia von Harden – a bright representative of his era.

   Dark circles under tired eyes on a pale elongated face, a sharp long nose, painted with bright burgundy lipstick, not hiding yellow crooked teeth, huge palms. She holds a cigarette in long fingers, and Martini’s glass is on the table.

   This woman, like many others at that time, was not worried about the public opinion. Her red dress in black cage and monocle in her eye became a hallmark of this picture, and after that served as inspiration not only for art lovers, but also for such famous personalities as Bob Fossi. In your film “Cabare” in a girl who appeared on the very first frames, you can recognize journalist Sylvia von Harden.