Dix


Asteroid 6776, Dix, was discovered on April 6, 1989 by Freimut Borngen at Tautenburg, Thuringen, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 51 days.

It was named for the German painter and graphic artist Otto Dix (1891-1969), who was known for his paintings about the dark side of life (prostitution, violence, old age, death, lust murder, debauchery, forgotten disabled veterans) and was persecuted by the Nazis because they didn't like his art.

Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas , a 1924 etching by Otto Dix


Asteroid Dix has been linked with compassion toward the mentally ill or a desire to reform treatment of the mentally ill. It may also have to do with drawing attention to the dark side of life, particularly to move to action.



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