Homeguard Soldier Ernst Pflanz, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Homeguard Soldier Ernst Pflanz
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Max Beckmann: Wandbild in Wervik, 1915, Leimfarbe auf Ziegelstein, 300 x 430 cm. zerstört

Max Beckmann

Homeguard Soldier Ernst Pflanz, 1915


Blatt
365 x 253 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, partially erased, on calendared wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 615
Object Number
SG 615 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1918 from the artist
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

During World War I, Beckmann’s style changed decisively. He now strove for a reduced mode of expression, objective but nevertheless vibrant. Drawing helped him limit himself to the essentials. Beckmann’s gradually transforming approach is evident in his portrait of a soldier: the motif fills the pictorial space; the lines are harder and more angular than in his previous drawing style. Round and pointed forms merge, and the individual stroke remains prominent even in the hatched zones.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Homeguard Soldier Ernst Pflanz
Draughtsman
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, partially erased, on calendared wove paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet oben rechts (mit Bleistift): Beckmann / Verwik 16.4. / 15; bezeichnet verso rechts: Landsturmmann Ernst Pflanz, Berlin N / Feldstr. 12.
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Wiese 1978.203.261

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1918 from the artist

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D14(+4) adult man (+ three-quarter view)
  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
  • 61B2(+522) historical persons (+ three-quarter view portrait)

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Frankfurt am Main
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1918.

Information

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07.12.2022