Chalk Cliffs in the Sun
Black chalk on beige paper
284 x 208 mm
The experience of war was a dominant theme in Dix’s work until the 1930s.
Taken from a sketchbook compiled during the artist’s service in the German field artillery during the First World War, this drawing depicts a devastated landscape with burgeoning flowers beneath a rising sun. The formal composition – a sequence of fragmented and interlocking planes – demonstrates the influence Cubism in this representation of destruction and future hopes for renewal and new life.
Purchased 1992 (No. 1992.5)