Card Players (Kartenspieler)

Otto Dix German

Not on view

In the 1920s, Dix addressed not only combat at the front, but also life in contemporary Germany. In this image, realized as both a painting and a print, he took up the age-old motif of the card game, giving it a contemporary political angle. Gathered around a small table are three veterans, whose bodies lack large sections and include exaggerated and obtrusive prosthetics. Dix highlights the artificiality, showing wooden legs intertwined with table legs, for instance. The mutilated bodies represent the condition of veterans the artist encountered, many of whom were in dire physical and financial conditions and, despite their sacrifice, neglected by the government. Prosthetics and plastic surgery saw great advances during this era in response to catastrophic war injuries.

Card Players (Kartenspieler), Otto Dix (German, Untenhaus 1891–1969 Singen), Drypoint

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.