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, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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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 Acquisition

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Mimosas
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Beckmann P. 37.

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, 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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Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Amsterdam
Stephan Lackner (1910-2000), Paris/Santa Barbara, 1939
verkauft durch Roman Norbert Ketterer, Campione d'Italia an Marga Möllgaard (1905-1987) und Kurt Möllgaard (1902-1992), Frankfurt am Main
Schenkung an den Städelschen Museums-Verein, Frankfurt am Main, 1981.

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Last update

03.11.2020