Otto DIX

Germany 1891 – 1969

  • Switzerland

Nachtliche Begegnung mit einem Irrsinnigen [Night-time encounter with a madman], plate 22 from Der Krieg Description: plate 22 from the portfolio Der Krieg [War], a portfolio of 50 prints in 5 parts, plus 1 additional print
Materials & Technique: prints, Intaglio etching, aquatint, drypoint
Edition: ed 58/70
Publisher: Verlag Karl Nierendorf
Primary Insc: l.l.c- 58/70; l.c- II; l.r.c - signed in pencil by the artist

Dimensions: printing plate 26.2 h x 19.7 w cm sheet size max 47.5 h x 35.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Poynton Bequest 2003
Accession No: NGA 2003.352.22
Subject: Art style: Expressionism
Image rights: © Otto Dix. Licensed by Viscopy


  • The original German title of plate 22 is Nachtliche Begegnung mit einem Irrsinnigen: here the word Irrsinnig powerfully conveys the sense that all the neural networks that underpin both one's sense of self and the apparent rational structure of one's world have been utterly torn to shreds. This image dramatically articulates the nightmare-like psychological impact of war on a civilian population.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra