Dix was never one to flatter his sitters. The subject's worst features often became the focus of the piece. The same scrutiny was never applied when he turned the easel on himself. Dix was always the most manly man in the room.
In this self portrait from 1913, Dix's likeness is emphasized against a light background. There is no distraction; his likeness is the focal point. Aggressive strokes and earth tones suggest strength and manliness. His neutral expression and rosy cheeks provide a hint of vulnerability which suggest a calculated attempt to make points with the ladies. (http://www.ottodix.org/catalog-paintings/)