Still Life with Mimosas, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Still Life with Mimosas
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Max Beckmann

Still Life with Mimosas, 1939


Dimensions
61.0 x 46.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2147
Acquisition
Acquired in 1981 as a gift from Marga and Kurt Möllgaard, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

“Gently propelled by mild folly, humanity skips from flower to flower” (diary entry, 27 June 1944). An empty glass, a closed book and a blossoming bouquet of mimosas, arranged on a white tablecloth, suggest a cheerful mood. But the mimosa is a flower that curls its leaves within seconds when it is touched, which is why it is used to symbolize people of a sensitive disposition. Adorning the cover of the book is the name of the Enlightenment philosopher Voltai[re]. Thus the still life can be seen as an allegory of a time of great political uncertainty, which Beckmann is endeavouring to face through his painting.

About the Donation

The Frankfurt businessman Dr. Kurt Möllgaard and his wife, Marga, began collecting modern art in 1945. From 1964 on they donated parts of their collection to the Städelscher Museums-Verein. Kurt Möllgaard commented on his activities: "In doing this, we have intentionally continued a tradition which is also cultivated to a considerable extent by those citizens of Frankfurt who had to leave their homes after 1933." In 1987 Kurt Möllgaard founded the Kurt und Marga Möllgaard-Stiftung, which remains active to this day.

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Still Life with Mimosas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Beckmann P. 37.

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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1981 as a gift from Marga and Kurt Möllgaard, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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31.01.2019