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Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)
Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.
The artist, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam, 1933 - 1937
Buchholz Gallery (Stephen Lackner and Curt Valentin), New York. Purchased from the artist (shipped from Holland to Curt Valentin), 1937 - 1942
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously (by exchange), 1942
Title and date:
In his studio notebook, the artist recorded the titles and dates of the three panels. Left Panel: The Castle [Das Schloss], begun in Frankfurt May 1932, finished in Berlin December 31, 1933; center panel: The Homecoming [Die Heimkehr], begun in Frankfurt May 1932, finished in Berlin November 15, 1933; right panel: The Staircase [Die Treppe], begun in Frankfurt May 1932, finished in Berlin November 4, 1933.
In an apparent effort to mislead the Nazis, the artist inscribed the works on the reverse as: (left panel) Decorative Study for Hamlet in Shakespeare; (center panel) The Tempest, Decorative Study for Shakespeare; (right panel) Study for Lady Macbeth (Shakespeare).