Before the Masked Ball, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Before the Masked Ball
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Max Beckmann

Before the Masked Ball, 1923


Blatt
381 x 504 mm
Platte
200 x 327 mm
Darstellung
190 x 318 mm
Physical Description
Drypoint etching on laid paper
Inventory Number
SG 3103
Object Number
SG 3103 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1951
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

The publisher Reinhard Piper of Munich had commissioned Beckmann not only with the painting ‘Before the Masked Ball’ (Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich), but also with the mirrorimage version of the composition in drypoint. On the shallow peep-box-like stage, the artist (wearing a blindfold) is joined by (from left to right) his mother-in-law Ina Tube, his friends Grete Skalla and Dr Erich Stichel, and his first wife Minna and son Peter. In the bourgeois parlour setting they look frozen in their poses, and isolated despite their spatial proximity. Beckmann made frequent reference to this contradictory sensation.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Before the Masked Ball
Artist
Publisher
Edition
Probedruck
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Drypoint etching on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Beckmann 24; bezeichnet unterhalb der Darstellung links: Vor dem Maskenball (Probedruck)
[Ohne den Prägestempel des Druckers Heinrich Wetteroth, München]
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): 235;unten rechts: 290,-
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): M.B.
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • an der oberen Blattkante (angeschnitten): Schreitender Löwe [Bergisch Gladbach]
Work Catalogues
  • Hofmaier 264 A
  • Gallwitz 229
  • Glaser 235

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1951

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB2(TUBE, Ida Concordia Minna)13(+55) historical person (TUBE, Ida Concordia Minna) - BB - woman - historical person (TUBE, Ida Concordia Minna) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 61B2(STICHEL, Erich)13(+55) historical person (STICHEL, Erich) - historical person (STICHEL, Erich) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 61B2(BECKMANN, Max)13(+54) historical person (BECKMANN, Max) - historical person (BECKMANN, Max) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ three-quarter length portrait)
  • 61BB2(BECKMANN-TUBE, Minna)13(+55) historical person (BECKMANN-TUBE, Minna) - BB - woman - historical person (BECKMANN-TUBE, Minna) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 61B2(BECKMANN, Peter)13(+55) historical person (BECKMANN, Peter) - historical person (BECKMANN, Peter) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ full length portrait)
  • 61BB2(SKALLA, Grete)13(+54) historical person (SKALLA, Grete) - BB - woman - historical person (SKALLA, Grete) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ three-quarter length portrait)
Secondary
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41B3 lighting; lamps

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16.08.2022