Quay Wall, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Quay Wall
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Max Beckmann

Quay Wall, 1936


Dimensions
41.0 x 80.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2067
Acquisition
Acquired in 1959, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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Max Beckmann felt a deep affinity with the sea, the source of all life. Metre-high waves darken the horizon with foaming surf, bearing witness to the primeval forces of this element. The wall of the quay obstinately resists the natural force. Apocalyptic-looking cloud formations obscure the final red glow of the setting sun - perhaps a sign of the National Socialists' reign of terror, which would force Beckmann to emigrate just one year later, leading to a radical change in his own life and to years of isolation.

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Quay Wall
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Beckmann 36

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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
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Acquired in 1959, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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20.08.2019