Dr. Mayer-Hermann was a renowned throat specialist whose waiting room was filled with the most prominent singers and actresses of his day. Artist Otto Dix was among his patients. While Dix is best known for his unflinching depictions of prostitutes, disabled war veterans, and other traumatized subjects, here he depicts an established professional with wit and satire. In this portrait painted in 1926, the abundance of circular shapes that fill the canvas parodies the doctor’s round body and face — from the curves of his chubby hands and the round bags under his eyes to the reflector on his headband and the mirror above his head.
Dr. Mayer-Hermann by Otto Dix is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art on NYC, and is currently on view on the 5th Floor, in the Painting and Sculpture I Lobby.
If you are one of those people who, like me, cannot even imagine what might be going on in the minds of children, then here is a fun website to share with your friends who are parents so you can feel less like an alien creature and more like a humanoid with real feelings and an ability to “relate” to a person under the age of 12. Pleated Jeans has an hilarious post that compares a series of pictures of ordinary stuff as adults see it versus how kids see it. Above you will see an example from the “Hot Lava” game that even I played as a kid, where you have to jump from one piece of furniture to the next without touching the floor, or risk being swallowed up by the “hot lava” which has replaced the carpet.
Click on over to This Link for several minutes of carefree fun!