Self-Portrait, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait
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Max Beckmann

Self-Portrait, 1905


Dimensions
43.9 x 55.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 440
Acquisition
Acquired in 1929
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 9

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This self-portrait marks a turning point in Beckmann’s art of painting: it depicts the moment he turned away from Impressionism and towards other influences. The systematised brushstrokes and the painter’s looks show the influence of van Gogh’s self-portraits. In contrast, the emphatically geometric structure of the background with its large, coherent colour fields reflects the artist’s interest in Cézanne’s art. The letters at the bottom of the picture can be read as a dedication to Beckmann’s future wife, Minna Tube: “Mister Beckmann to his Dearest [Herr Beckmann seiner Liebsten] Minna (Minkchen) Tube”.

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  • Exhibition “MAKING VAN GOGH: A German Love Story” (2019)
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14.05.2024