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Rising Moon

Otto Dix, German, (December 2, 1891–July 25, 1969)

Creation date: 1916

Other Information

Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Gouache on paper
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Vance E. Kondon and Liesbeth Giesberger.
Accession Number: 2011.91
Dimensions: 15 11/16 in. x 15 1/8 in. (39.85 cm x 38.42 cm)

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At first glance, the bright colors of this painting present an almost abstract pattern, but the true nature of the scene then reveals itself: as the moon rises, the blasted bodies of the dead are revealed across the torn landscape of a battlefield. Although Dix had entered the war as an enthusiastic volunteer, his images present it instead as the grim, horrible reality experienced by soldiers on the front line. The work is closely akin to Kollwitz’s After the Battle, and to Dix’s own Forest (both shown nearby), although the latter concentrates on the landscape itself, using the leafless trunks of blasted trees to show the aftermath of battle.
Last Updated: 7/26/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Out of Sight: Works of Art from San Diego Collections San Diego Museum of Art , 3/18/1972 - 4/23/1972

Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection , 1/28/1984 - 3/11/1984

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Steven L. Brezzo and Ida Katherine Rigby. Early 20th Century German Art from the Vance E. Kondon Collection The San Diego Museum Art. January 1984
Page Number: 9, 10


Label, : Exhibition: OUT OF SIGHT / From San Diego Collections / Date: Mar. 17-April 23, 1972 / Lender: Dr. Vance E. Kondon / [logo on left with following text underneath:] Fine Arts Gallery / of San Diego

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