The drypoint is in overall good condition. The sheet is minor toned, somewhat stronger along the edges and within a former mat window. There is a barely visible handling and probably smoothed handling crease at the lower edge. Two remains of paper mounts in the reverse lateral corners are pressing through minimally. Additionally, there is an adhesive label (9.5 x 3 cm) from auction house Bruun Rasmussen affixed to the reverse.
Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
Max Beckmann was born in Leipzig in 1884. He studied at the Grandducal Art Academy in Weimar in the years between 1900 and 1903. In 1905 he moved to Berlin where he joined the artist group of Berlin Secession. In 1910 he was voted as its youngest board member. It was Paul Cassirer who organized in 1913 a large retrospective of Beckmann’s work with a total of 47 paintings. A year later Max Beckmann was awarded with the Villa Romana prize, which enabled him a year-long study visit in Florence. During the First World War, he volunteered as a paramedic, while creating sketches of his war experiences. In this period, Beckmann’s style got more simple, but also more expressive, vigorous and socially critical. In 1925 he was appointed professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. From 1929 to 1932, he spent the winter months in Paris, while already being criticized fiercely by the Nazis, who dismissed him in 1933 from his teaching position. In 1937 Beckmann’s work was classified ‘degenerate art’, and 590 of his works were removed from public German museum collections. The same year, the artist emigrated to The Netherlands and eventually to the States in 1947. (fea)