Psycho, Peter Sorge
Peter Sorge
Psycho
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Peter Sorge

Psycho, 1984


Blatt
674 x 396 mm
Physical Description
pencil and coloured pencil on cardboard
Inventory Number
17086
Object Number
17086B 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
Psycho (Original Title)
Title Translation
Psycho
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 rechts (mit Bleistift): Psycho Sorge 84 b [im Kreis], 28.10.81 / 31.10.82 / 15.12.83
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

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA(+31) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure (+ left side visible; left - (l. hand, l. foot, etc.))
  • 31A(+2) the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) (+ back view)
  • 13C24 labyrinth, maze ~ magic mathematical figures
  • 48C5142 picture within picture
  • 31AA221(+921) head (human) - AA - female human figure (+ threatening; fury)
  • 31A2513 arm stretched sidewards

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12.01.2021