Sailor and Prostitute (Matrose and Madchen)
Four-color trial proof lithograph
Purchased through the Robert J. Strasenburgh II 1942 Fund; 2006.14
Otto Dix's striking composition reflects the artist's focus after World War I on images of soldiers, sailors, war veterans, proletarians, and prostitutes. Among these varied stereotypes, the sailor is repeatedly depicted to emphasize lecherous and lewd behavior, often in the company of a prostitute. Dix's personal perception of sailors was formed by his observation of their conduct during the war in occupied countries. Quasi-official brothels populated with local women were established within these territories for the benefit of enlisted men. From this perspective, the demonized imagery apparently transforms military occupation into sexual aggression.
Last Updated: 11/14/06