Female Dancer, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Female Dancer
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Max Beckmann

Female Dancer, 1935 (casting 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

Beckmann only ever made eight sculptures and, in their production, was influenced by topics that preoccupied him his entire life, such as dance and vaudeville. Beckmann’s “Dancer” poises in a deep split and bends her upper body far forward, with her head nearly touching a shin. Beckmann does not show the young woman on stage. Rather, he caught a moment in which the dancer seems to stretch. All the virtuosity and lightness that is usually associated with dance has left the figure. With her narrow, crouched pose and rather ungainly limbs, Beckmann created a decidedly unusual sculpture. It illustrates his idea of the existential threats to human existence, which he experienced as being determined by hardship and struggles against dark forces.

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
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 2007 with means provided by the Werner Wirthle bequest

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
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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Last update

01.02.2023