Max Beckmann (1884-1950)


Frankfurt, about 1918

Drypoint on laid handmade paper

37.3 x 44.6 cm; mount: 72.5 x 59 cm 

This print repeats, in reverse, the composition of a large mural (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart) that Beckmann began in 1916 but never completed.

Bodies cover the ground in various states of suffering and death, many distorted, some horribly mutilated, whilst Beckmann and his family kneel in the lower right corner. This is an anti-Resurrection; the bodies are not ascending to heaven and there is a sense of devastation, not of hope.

Purchased 2000 (No. 2000.6)


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