Female Dancer, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Female Dancer
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Max Beckmann

Female Dancer, 1935 (1958)


Dimensions
17.5 x 70.0 x 25.0 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
St.P614
Acquisition
Acquired in 2007 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Not a trace of charm or grace. Instead of moving on the stage in serpentine poses, Beckmann's figure is doing the splits as she pauses on the floor. Her head is lowered, her left hand in an imploring gesture. The artist set himself the particular challenge of working in three dimensions in a total of eight sculptures. Created in the 1930s, 'Female Dancer' negates the topos of the dance as such. Whereas Beckmann strove for the greatest possible spatiality in his painting, he reduced this sculpture, in which the body scarcely rises into the vertical, to a remarkable two-dimensionality.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Female Dancer
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 2007 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

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Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C8422 female dancer
  • 43C912 woman dancing alone
  • 31AA262(+55) legs in different position - AA - female human figure (+ sitting on the ground)
  • 48CC844 ballet dress - CC - female

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02.07.2020