Max Beckmann. Group Portrait, Eden Bar (Gruppenbildnis Edenbar). (1923)

Max Beckmann

Group Portrait, Eden Bar (Gruppenbildnis Edenbar)

(1923)

Medium
Woodcut
Dimensions
composition (irreg.): 19 1/2 x 19 7/16" (49.5 x 49.3 cm); sheet: 23 5/8 x 27 11/16" (60 x 70.3 cm)
Publisher
J. B. Neumann, Berlin
Printer
Fritz Voigt, Berlin
Edition
One of 4 known trial proofs before the edition of 40; plus 1 state proof
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
15.1948
Copyright
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Max Beckmann has 219 works online.
There are 19,859 prints online.

The bar in the Hotel Eden was a popular meeting place for Berlin's artistic and literary crowd in the 1920s. Tightly compressed into this angular composition, the patrons stare away from each other blankly, reflecting the alienation Beckmann perceived in Berlin's café society.

Gallery label from German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse, March 27–July 11, 2011

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Curt Valentin, New York; sold through Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, February 1948; to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1948

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