Georg Scholz, Lords of the World (1922)Photo © 2008 Museum Associates/LACMA

In his war diary, Otto Dix wrote, “Lice, rats, barbed wire, fleas, grenades, bombs, holes, bodies, blood, schnapps, mice, cats, gas, guns, dirt, bullets, mortars, fire, steel: this is war! This is the work of the Devil!” He later translated those impressions to the Der Krieg cycle, five portfolios of etchings produced in the...

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