Max Beckmann Night (Die Nacht) from Trip to Berlin 1922 (Berliner Reise 1922) 1922

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Hell conjures the nightmare of social disintegration and violence that gripped Berlin after the end of World War I. Using fragmented city views, compressed interiors, and contorted bodies to convey chaos and claustrophobia, Beckmann composed each scene like a stage set. “If one comprehends . . . the entire war or even all of life only as a scene in the theater,” he wrote, “everything is much easier to bear.” The artist depicts himself in several prints, including The Way Home, where he encounters a disfigured war veteran on the street. Other images were based on recent incidents, including the January 1919 murder of the Communist leader Rosa Luxemburg, pictured in The Martyrdom.

Gallery label from 2022
One from a portfolio of eleven lithographs (including cover)
composition (irreg.): 17 15/16 x 14" (45.6 x 35.5 cm); sheet: 26 7/8 x 21 3/16" (68.3 x 53.8 cm)
J. B. Neumann, Berlin
C. Naumann's Druckerei, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
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© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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