Nothing Against Max, Peter Sorge
Peter Sorge
Nothing Against Max
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Peter Sorge

Nothing Against Max, 1982 – 1984

Physical Description
Triptych, pencil, partially erased and stumped, and coloured pencil on cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17086A-C Z
Not on display


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.

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Nothing Against Max
King and private
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Triptych, pencil, partially erased and stumped, and coloured pencil on cardboard
Geographic Reference

Property and Acquisition

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

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Peter Neubronner, Frankfurt am Main
Schenkung an den Städelschen Museums-Verein e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 2010.


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