Otto Dix - Hahn und Hühner - image-1

Lot 158 D

Otto Dix - Hahn und Hühner

Auction 1162 - overview Cologne
08.12.2020, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 25.000 € - 30.000 €
Result: 42.500 € (incl. premium)

Otto Dix

Hahn und Hühner

Oil on fibreboard 60 x 81 cm Framed. Artist's mark and dated '49' in green lower right. Verso titled 'Hühnerhof' and dated '1949'. - Slight frame-related rubbing along the edges. Two minute losses of colour in the right part of the picture.

Beginning in the works of the late 1940s, a new life-affirming optimism becomes perceptible in Otto Dix's oeuvre. Works conveying a sense of liberation and featuring luminous colours and loose brushwork replace the war years' painting in layered glazes in the manner of the old masters. Thematically, he concentrated on likenesses and rural motifs. “The figural compositions did not prevent Dix from immersing himself in the life that surrounded him in Hemmenhofen. Looking at his far-ranging groups of themes it instead seems as though the catastrophe of war and interment that had suddenly broken in upon him and the good fortune of being permitted to once again return back to his life opened his eyes to much that he had passed by until 1944 or which he had at least not considered it important to depict.” (Fritz Löffler, Otto Dix. Leben und Werk, Dresden 1977, p. 125).
The artist was evidently particularly fascinated by the splendidly colourful figure of the cock. His late work also includes other paintings with this animal in the leading role, some of which were also converted into colour lithographs - for example, “Petrus und der Hahn”, 1950 (Löffler 1950/4), and the eponymous colour lithograph from 1958 (Karsch 225).

Catalogue Raisonné

Löffler 1949/20


Sammlung Pachen, Mainz/Rockenhausen


Hans Hofstätter, Sammlung Pachen. Deutsche Kunstwerke aus dem 20. Jahrhundert. Malerei, Graphik, Plastik, Mainz 1960, p. 18 with illus. p. 20


Mainz 1962 (Gemäldegalerie), Sammlung Pachen. Gemälde - Graphik - Plastik, cat. no. 18; Mainz 1978 (Mittelrheinisches Landesmuseum), Sammlung Pachen. Eine Auswahl, cat. no. 15 with illus.