Adam and Eve, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Adam and Eve
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Max Beckmann

Adam and Eve, 1936 (Guss 1979)


Dimensions
84.5 x 33.3 cm
diameter
36.8 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
DBP003
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 9

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From the mid-1930s, Beckmann worked intensely with sculptures and created eight figures in clay, which were then later cast in bronze. With “Adam and Eve”, Beckmann addresses one of his central motifs: the conflict between the sexes. Adam, bearing a resemblance to the artist, holds a tiny Eve in his hand. The serpent is an indicator of the imminent disaster – the expulsion from Paradise. Beckmann intentionally designed a rather ungainly Adam. As the National Socialists massively opposed the artist, he created a deliberate antithesis to their ideal body image.

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07.06.2024