Frankfurt Main Station, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Frankfurt Main Station
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Max Beckmann

Frankfurt Main Station, 1943

70 x 90 cm
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Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1279
Acquired in 1957, Property of the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege
Not on display


About the Work

Ten years after fleeing the National Socialist regime and being in exile in Amsterdam, Beckmann painted this view of the main train station in Frankfurt. He had enjoyed spending time there, absorbing the lively and international atmosphere or visiting the luxurious restaurant in the entrance hall. Though he painted it only from memory, Beckmann managed to reproduce the building and station square accurately. Meanwhile, observing the scenery once again, there is the black cat which repeatedly appears in Beckmann’s works, making the picture’s contents more enigmatic. In this case, the main train station served him as an ambiguous symbol for arrival and departure – a theme that he dealt with all his life.

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