Self-Portrait, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
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Max Beckmann

Self-Portrait, 1905

43.9 x 55.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 440
Acquired in 1929
Not on display


About the Work

Behind him lies sunny Jutland. In this early Impressionist portrait, the artist, aged twenty-one, looks full of confidence. In the background, seen through the panes of a closed window, a bright strip of landscape opens up above the rooftops. The letters on the paper, "HB SL MINKCH TUBE", could be completed to form a dedication to his future wife: "Herr Beckmann seiner Liebsten Minna (MINKCHEN) Tube" (Mr. Beckmann to his dearest Minna Tube). This is the artist's third self-portrait and the only one that shows him with a beard, which he removed again shortly afterwards. He would produce many other artist's portraits during the course of his life.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Beckmann 1905.
Work Catalogues
  • Göpel 2021, Nr. 36

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1929

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 48C513(+2) portrait, self-portrait of painter (+ artist in non-work situation)
  • 61B2(BECKMANN,Max)11(+51) historical person (BECKMANN,Max) - historical person (BECKMANN,Max) portrayed alone (+ head (BECKMANN,Max) (BECKMANN,Max))
  • 41D222(TIE) neck-gear ~ clothing (TIE)
  • 49L641 paper (writing material)
  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside
  • 41A36 roof (of house or building)
  • 25H17 meadow, pasture
  • 61D(DENMARK) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (DENMARK) (DENMARK)

Research and Discussion


Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Berlin
verkauft an Sammlung Weber, Berlin
O. Schönebeck, Berlin
verkauft als Überweisung des Direktors Georg Swarzenski (1876-1957) an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1929.


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