This double portrait of the painter Otto Dix and his wife Martha was created in Cologne. Its composition derives its force from the dynamic tension between her full frontal face and his profile. Here, Otto looks towards his wife, while she looks forwards directly and confidently into the camera. His placement slightly behind her emphasizes her position as his subject of primary interest. Nonetheless, she leans into him slightly, the white collar of her blouse echoing his pale shirt and her ribbons echoing his bow tie. This double portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘The Woman and the Man’, classified in the group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’.
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