Born December 2 in Untermhaus near Gera, Thuringia, Germany.
While attending elementary school he receives his first artistic encouragement from his drawing teacher.
Apprentices with Carl Senff in decorative painting.
Begins teaching himself easel painting, concentrating on portraits and landscapes.
Attends Royal Dresden School of Arts and Crafts.
Serves in German army, producing a number of sketches of war scenes in a variety of styles and mediums.
Develops a style called Verism which uses exaggerated realism as a form of social criticism.
Exhibits at the Internationalen Dada-Messe in Berlin.
Joins the Junge Rheinland and the Rote Gruppe, which leads to a politicized reception of his work.
Studies at the State Academy of Art with Max Feldbauer and Otto Grussman. Dix is accused of pornography for exhibiting Girl Before Mirror. After losing his studio at the Dresden Akademie he moves to Düsseldorf where he marries Martha Koch. He increasingly turns away from overt political criticism and begins working extensively as a portraitist.
His first solo exhibition is held at the Galerie I. B. Neumann in Berlin.
Berlin art dealer, Karl Niedenderf, begins acting as his representative. A successful solo exhibition is held in the Berlin Kronprinzenpalais.
Moves to Berlin.
Appointed to a professorship at the Dresden Akademie.
Begins painting his first triptych, Metropolis, which is among his most ambitious works.
Dix’s work becomes increasingly pessimistic and allegorical as Germany moves towards war.
Named a member of Preussische Akademie der Kunste.
Following the Nazi election victories, Dix is relieved of all honors and appointments. He is also forbidden to exhibit.
Moves to Randegg Castle near Singen.
Moves to Hemmenhofen on Lake Constance.
His work is shown in the infamous exhibition of degenerate art in Munich.
Following an assassination attempt on Hitler, Dix is imprisoned by the Gestapo for 14 days.
He is drafted into the German territorial army, captured by the French and allowed to return home.
Participates in the Documenta I in Kassel.
A comprehensive retrospective of his work is held at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.
Fritz Loeffler’s monograph on Dix is published.
On July 25th, he dies of a stroke in Singen, Hohentriel.