barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Max Beckmann (1884-1950)

Self portrait with stylus

Frankurt, 1917

Drypoint

47.5 x 33 cm

 

Beckmann depicts himself holding the tool needed to produce such a drypoint print.

The use of tense and wiry lines testifies to his derelict state, having been discharged from the German army after suffering a complete mental and physical breakdown, Yet, his intent gaze suggests his determination to overcome his abject situation.

Purchased 1998 (No. 98.5)

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