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Descent from the Cross
Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)
1917. Oil on canvas, 59 1/2 x 50 3/4" (151.2 x 128.9 cm). Curt Valentin Bequest
Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.
The artist, Frankfurt; sold to Georg Hartmann (1870-1954), Frankfurt; returned to the artist ; sold to the Städelsches Kunstinstitut and Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1919 ; removed as "degenerate art" by the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, October 26, 1936 ; on consignment to Karl Buchholz (1901-1992), Berlin, 1938; to Curt Valentin (1902-1954), New York (sold April 21, 1941) ; Estate of Curt Valentin, New York, 1954; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1955 (Curt Valentin Bequest).
 The painting was first acquired by Georg Hartmann, but then returned to the Beckmann's studio, because it apparently upset Hartmann's wife (see Göpel 192, p. 134).
 Purchased from Beckmann under Director Georg Swarzenski in 1919 (Inv. no. SG 291).
 See Beschlagnahmeinventar "Entartete Kunst", "Degenerate Art" Research Center, FU Berlin). See Sara Eskilsson Werwigk, "Ein Gemälde geht ins Exil: Auf den Spuren der Kreuzabnahme von Max Beckmann," Uwe Fleckner, ed., Das verfemte Meisterwerk, Berlin: Akademieverlag, 2009, pp. 105-135). EK inventory number: 15933 (Kreuzabnahme). Included in the exhibitions Der Bolschewismus - große antibolschewistische Schau, Deutsches Museum, Munich, November 7, 1936-January 31, 1937; and Entartete Kunst, Munich (July 19-November 30, 1937) and other venues (Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Salzburg, Stettin, Weimar, Vienna). See Beschlagnahmeinventar "Entartete Kunst", "Degenerate Art" Research Center, FU Berlin .
 Included in the exhibition Landmarks in Modern German Art, Buchholz Gallery, New York, April 2-27, 1940 (no. 1).