Man Reading II (Self-Portrait), Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Man Reading II (Self-Portrait)
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Max Beckmann

Man Reading II (Self-Portrait), 1912

384 x 277 mm
168 x 150 mm
Inventory Number
SG 2940
Object Number
SG 2940 D
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Work Data

Basic Information

Man Reading II (Self-Portrait)
Period Produced
Object Type
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Beckmann 10.11.18 / To bee or not to bee / That is the question.
Captions Added Later
Verso nummeriert oben links (mit Bleistift): 88 [?, teils vom Fälzchen verdeckt]; unten links: 11
Verso mittig links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Hofmaier 50 II
  • Gallwitz 31
  • Glaser 24/43
  • Beckmann-Liste 41/42

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown


  • 31D14 adult man
  • 48C513 portrait, self-portrait of painter
  • 61B2(BECKMANN, Max)11(+512) historical person (BECKMANN, Max) - historical person (BECKMANN, Max) portrayed alone (+ three-quarter view portrait)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
Ugi (1879-1957) und Fridel Battenberg (1880-1965), Frankfurt am Main und Bad Nauheim
erworben von der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1949.


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