King and private, Peter Sorge
Peter Sorge
King and private
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Peter Sorge

King and private, 1984


Blatt
628 x 458 mm
Physical Description
pencil and coloured pencil on cardboard
Inventory Number
17086
Object Number
17086A Z
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

On the occasion of Max Beckmann’s (1884–1950) 100th birthday, Peter Sorge drew the large-scale triptych Nothing Against Max. Beckmann himself is seen in the sheet on the left, drawn in pencil after a photo of 1938, above him a detail of his triptych The Argonauts (1949/50). Sorge’s work combines fragments from a wide variety of media sources – for example Janet Leigh screaming in terror in the role of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho of 1960 – with details of Beckmann’s triptych. The medieval painting format points to art’s spiritual, originally religious purpose.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
King and private
Draughtsman
Tryptich
Nothing Against Max
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
pencil and coloured pencil on cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet oben mittig (mit Bleistift): Nix gegen Max / Sorge 84; datiert und bezeichnet oben rechts: Donnerstag / 16. Juni 1949 / Ankunft in / Boulder/Colorado / "Weiter, weiter / hopsa weiter / sagt der König / zum Gefreiter - -" / MB / a [im Kreis]
Watermark
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Persons Shown

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31A(+53) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) (+ sitting)
  • 41C743 cigarette
  • 41C3 laid table: table-ware, table-decoration, etc.
  • 31A225 legs
  • 48C521 draughtsman at work
  • 49L641 paper (writing material)
  • 61B(+53) historical persons (portraits and scenes from the life) (+ half-length portrait)

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Last update

18.01.2021