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Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)

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  • Max Beckmann. The Barker (Self-Portrait) [Der Ausrufer (Selbstbildnis)] from Annual Fair (Der Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    The Barker (Self-Portrait) [Der Ausrufer...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. The Barker (Self-Portrait) [Der Ausrufer (Selbstbildnis)] from Annual Fair (Der Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. Dressing Room (Garderobe) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    Dressing Room (Garderobe) from...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. Dressing Room (Garderobe) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. Shooting Gallery (Schiessbude) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    Shooting Gallery (Schiessbude)...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. Shooting Gallery (Schiessbude) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. The Tall Man (Der grosse Mann) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    The Tall Man (Der grosse Mann)...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. The Tall Man (Der grosse Mann) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. The Negro (Der Neger) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    The Negro (Der Neger) from Annual...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. The Negro (Der Neger) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. Merry-Go-Round (Das Karussell)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    Merry-Go-Round (Das Karussell) ...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. Merry-Go-Round (Das Karussell)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. The Tightrope Walkers (Die Seiltänzer)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    The Tightrope Walkers (Die...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. The Tightrope Walkers (Die Seiltänzer)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. Negro Dance (Niggertanz)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    Negro Dance (Niggertanz) from...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. Negro Dance (Niggertanz)  from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
  • Max Beckmann. Snake Lady (Schlangendame) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)
    Snake Lady (Schlangendame) from...
    (1921, published 1922)
    Max Beckmann. Snake Lady (Schlangendame) from Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt). (1921, published 1922)

About the portfolio

Heather Hess, German Expressionist Digital Archive Project, German Expressionism: Works from the Collection. 2011.

Max Beckmann imagines the world as a carnival in this portfolio. On the title page, he casts himself as a barker for a traveling band of outsiders, the Circus Beckmann. Shown ringing a bell, and pointing to the edge of the page, he urges viewers to behold the spectacles unfolding within. In Beckmann's theater of life everyone plays many roles: actor, observer, director. The ten rich, velvety drypoints touch upon the major themes he explored throughout his long and productive career: existential crisis, the alienation of modern life, and the insurmountable conflict between the sexes. Beckmann's Expressionist manipulation of space and his pushing together of figures increase the emotional distance between the individuals, who appear to exist only in worlds unto themselves. Actors corralled together backstage wait patiently, not realizing that their true performance—life itself—has already begun. Beckmann conveys female sexuality as a dangerous lure in scenes set in the shooting gallery, on stage, and behind the scenes. In one print, he depicts himself and his wife, Minna, balancing on a tightrope—an allusion to Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in which the philosopher describes man as a "rope" hung over an abyss between base animal and heroic Übermensch.

Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)

The Portfolio

Annual Fair (Jahrmarkt)

Date:
(1921, published 1922)
Medium:
Nine drypoints from a portfolio of ten drypoints
Dimensions:
sheet (each approximately): 20 7/8 x 14 15/16" (53 x 38 cm); plate: various dimensions, see child records
Paper:
Cream, slightly textured, wove.
Publisher:
Marées-Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co., Munich
Printer:
Franz Hanfstaengl, Munich
Edition:
200 (including 75 on "Japan" paper, and 125 on wove paper [this ex.])
Credit Line:
Purchase
Copyright:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Reference:
Glaser 166-175. Gallwitz 163-172. Hofmaier 191-200. Rifkind 128 1-10.
MoMA Number:
528.1949.1-10
Themes:
Dance & Leisure
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