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The Poet Iwar von Lücken
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Otto Dix (1891 - 1969)

  • TitleThe Poet Iwar von Lücken
  • Date1926
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl und Tempera auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions226 x 120 cm (Bildmaß), 246 x 140 x 6 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Inscriptionbezeichnet unten links: "Der Dichter Iwar von Lücken 19 D 26"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 3829/87
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB, des Bundesministers des Inneren und des Museumsfonds des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1988
  • On DisplayYes

Otto Dix first met Iwar von Lücken, a poet of German Baltic stock, at a Dada event in Dresden. He encountered the luckless poet again in the Romanisches Café in Berlin, the principal venue for bohemian networking.

This portrait of the bard has been executed in the style of New Objectivity. Dix shows him as a likeable anti-hero: standing at the window of his sparsely furnished attic studio in a threadbare suit, the poet looks every inch a failed idealist – here the trials and tribulations of daily poverty, there the riches of a lyrical, intellectual existence. The two roses in a beer bottle symbolise a life dedicated to the pen.