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Self - Portrait

Item Code: MB-137-s
Medium
Drypoint
Edition Size
100
Edition Number
59
Signed
Signed
Cat Rais No
137
Width (cm)
25.5
Height (cm)
27.5
Date of Work
1918
Suite
Gesichter (Faces)
£12,000
Includes free framing and UK delivery
The first print of Beckmann’s Gesichter series, ‘Self Portrait’ (originally completed in 1918) features Beckmann’s stern gaze, lips pursed and brow furrowed as he fixes the spectator with grim directness. As an opening image, ‘Self Portrait’ aptly introduces the viewer to the themes of the series: Gesichter literally translates to ‘faces’, and this is not the first time Beckmann’s own will feature amongst the other characters that appear in these prints; but the term can also more loosely mean ‘visions’ or ‘appearances’, and in this sense Beckmann’s glare in ‘Self Portrait’ anticipates the bleak realities of war and economic depression that Gesichter encapsulates.
Max Beckmann portraitBorn in 1884, Max Beckmann was a German artist and writer who, though he rejected the term and movement, was most closely associated with German Expressionism. Though as a young man he practiced drawing like the old masters, his experiences in the First World War as a medical orderly dramatically changed his style, which became increasingly distorted in both colour and form.

Best known for his extraordinary number of self-portraits, Beckmann received great critical acclaim throughout the years of the Weimar Republic, but his art was denounced by the Nazis and, upon Hitler’s ascension to power, rejected as degenerate art. Originally failing to gain a visa to the U.S. and painting in a studio in Amsterdam, Beckmann eventually emigrated after the war to New York. He died there in 1950.
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