“Seven Deadly Sins,” Otto Dix – overview of the painting
- Posted by Otto Dix
- Museum: Private collection
- Year: 1932
Overview of the painting :
Seven Deadly Sins – Otto Dicks. Panel, mixed technique. 179 x 120 cm
The painting was written in the year Hitler came to power. Dicks was afraid to openly criticize the Third Reich, but secretly hated him.
A dwarf with crazy, running in different directions, eyes and black mustache is for a reason similar to the Fuhrer. Envy is one of the worst sins, and Hitler is her main personification. He sits on an old woman who symbolizes Greed. She is terribly twisted, in rags and with a red sharp nose. But the worst thing about her artistic image is empty, clouded by a thirst for profit eyes.
Following Alchem and its leader is a dancing skeleton – Laziness. His bones are in a position that forms a swastika sign. The artist reproaches his contemporaries for the fact that it was their laziness that led the country to Nazism.
Being furious, people lose their human face, turning into monsters. A mystical creature with sharp fangs, cat yellow eyes and long horns is Anger.
Unlike biblical voluptuousness, the Hunt on the Dix canvas is the most obvious figure. This is a disheveled woman with smeared makeup, in bright defiant clothes. She bare her breasts without hesitation, and is ready for anything to save her own skin.
A huge head with a long, tucked up nose – Vanity. Instead of his mouth, he has a sphincter, and gags are visible in his ears. She sees and does not hear anyone – pride is too great.
Gluttony is the last figure. A fat man in a huge navel costume holding a pretzel in his hands. His body is as if bound by iron rods.
Otto Dix wanted to show by a good example that for any generation, for any time, the biblical theme will be relevant.