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

Frankfurt Main Station, 1943


Dimensions
70.0 x 90.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1279
Acquisition
Acquired in 1957, Property of the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege
Status
On display

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About the Work

The black cat sees everything. This view of Frankfurt’s central railway station was executed in exile in Amsterdam, ten years after Beckmann had left the city on the River Main. Painted from memory, the scene depicts an empty square without hustle and bustle – only a single human silhouette can be discerned in front of the main entrance. The painter had often come here to absorb the atmosphere. In melancholy retrospect, he envisions the station as calm and quiet beneath the evening sky. Beckmann would have been glad to get away from the life he was compelled to lead in hiding in Holland.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Frankfurt Main Station
Painter
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Beckmann A. 43

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1957, Property of the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 24B1 waxing moon, i.e. facing this way: )
  • 41A337 view through a window
  • 34B12 cat
  • 25I13 public gardens, park

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Amsterdam
verkauft an Theo Garve (1902-1987), Frankfurt am Main, 1943/44
Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main, 1957
Dauerleihgabe an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main.

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Last import

31.01.2019