Seven Deadly Sins
Oil/Egg Tempera on Wood
allegorical painting representing the political situation
in Germany at the time, was created immediately after the
Nazis had Dix removed from his teaching position at the
Dresden Art Academy.
figures are Avarice (an old, bent over hag clutching
at money), Envy (who rides the back of Avarice),
Sloth (the figure in the skeleton costume who holds
the scythe, and whose legs and arms form a rough swastika),
Lust (who dances in a lascivious way behind Death,
Anger (the horned demon behind death), Pride
(the enormous head behind the scythe, whose ears are plugged
and who has an anus for a mouth), and Gluttony (represented
by the figure in the uppermost right corner who wears a
cooking pot on his head).
figure of Envy, who rides the back of Avarice, wears a mask
of Adolf Hitler. As a matter of precaution, Dix did
not paint in the Hitler mustache until after the
war. The figure of Sloth is prominently featured because
the artist blamed the German people's lack of alarm and
concern as a primary reason for the Nazis rise to power.
This oil and tempera painting done on wood shows Dix to
have been one of Germany's greatest painters.