Oskar Leifer’s Worldview, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Oskar Leifer’s Worldview
Back to top

Max Beckmann

Oskar Leifer’s Worldview, 1920

135 x 215 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on thin, smooth wove paper, lined on both sides
Inventory Number
SG 2989
Object Number
SG 2989 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Beckmann was in the habit of carrying a notebook, pad of paper or exercise book with him to record his everyday observations. Depending on the format – horizontal or vertical – demanded by the motif, the artist turned his sketchbook this way or that without regard for the printed lines. On four sheets dating from 1920 (Inv. No. SG 2981, SG 2982, SG 2983, SG 2989), he sketched scenes of funfairs and variety shows. He depicted the throng and the exaggerated gestures and facial expressions of the artists, boxers and spectators. In his own words, he was a “hunter of individualities” seeking to capture the “great orchestra of humanity”.

Work Data

Basic Information

Oskar Leifer’s Worldview
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on thin, smooth wove paper, lined on both sides
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet oben links (mit Bleistift): Oskar Leifers / Weltschau (?)
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Wiese 1978.219.464

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 31AA(+4) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31A(+1) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) (+ front view)
  • 49L12 Roman script; scripts based on the Roman alphabet

Research and Discussion


Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
Ugi (1879-1957) und Fridel Battenberg (1880-1965)
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1951.


Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.

The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.

Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:

  • the type of acquisition and/or the way the object changed hands
  • the owner's name and place of residence
  • the date on which it changed hands

The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.

Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the museum at .

More to discover


Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update