Still Life with Saxophones, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Still Life with Saxophones
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Max Beckmann

Still Life with Saxophones, 1926


Dimensions
85.5 x 195.3 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1159
Acquisition
Acquired in 1927, Confiscated in 1936, Reacquired in 1955 with means provided by the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 9

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“Do you hear the noise of my paintings?” – Max Beckmann asked his wife in a letter. Defying all logical spatial order, various objects – most of them grouped in pairs – crowd and interlock with one another. Two large saxophones trigger associations of loud music. There is something creepy about the doll being squashed by a horn and the view into pitch blackness. The painting is dedicated to jazz, a music style the artist adored. The saxophone on the left bears the name of a Frankfurt jazz club, ‘Bar African’, while the words on the other, ‘On New York’, allude to the roots of these rhythms.

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28.05.2024