Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass
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Max Beckmann

Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass, 1919


Dimensions
65.0 x 55.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2535
Acquisition
Acquired 2020 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder as well as private Donors. Joint property with Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Federal Republic of Germany and Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

In the garish light of a Frankfurt nightclub, the painter sits alone at the bar. Despite the bottle of champagne in the cooler at his side, the mood is anything but relaxed or merry. From the pale face with its tormented grin, two tired eyes gaze into the void. With decadent pleasure, the former medical orderly numbs the feeling of uncertainty and senselessness left behind in him by the war. A grotesque figure laughs in the background; like an echo, the visage appears again in the mirror.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Self-Portrait with Champagne Glass
Painter
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben links: Beckmann / Frankfurt a/M / Sept. 19.
Work Catalogues
  • Göpel 203

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, gemeinsames Eigentum mit der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und dem Städelschen Museums-Verein.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired 2020 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder as well as private Donors. Joint property with Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Federal Republic of Germany and Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Frankfurt am Main
Hermann Lange (1874-1942), Krefeld/Berlin, vor 1928
Dauerleihgabe aus Privatbesitz, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, seit 2011
erworben mit Unterstützung der Kulturstiftung der Länder sowie privater Spenden, 2020 (gemeinsames Eigentum mit der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und dem Städelschen Museums-Verein).

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Last update

14.10.2020