The delicate dress, the elongated limbs and the mirror reminiscent of a halo emphasise the fashion journalist Käthe von Porada’s (1891–1985) elegant appearance. She lived in Frankfurt from 1924 on and was one of Max Beckmann’s closest friends. In 1928, she went to Paris as a correspondent for the “Frankfurter Zeitung”, from where she supported Beckmann immensely. She bought several of his works, helped him with an exhibition and his move into exile in Amsterdam. Beckmann repeatedly used such slender vertical formats for portraits of the ladies of Frankfurt in the early 1920s.
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