Study for the painting The Nice in Frankfurt am Main, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Study for the painting The Nice in Frankfurt am Main
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Max Beckmann: Das Nizza in Frankfurt am Main, 1921, Öl auf Leinwand, 100,1 x 65,3 cm. Inv. Nr. 1737, Kunstmuseum Basel

Max Beckmann

Study for the painting The Nice in Frankfurt am Main, 1921

378 x 302 mm
Physical Description
Pencil on wove cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
16340 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In Frankfurt, Beckmann carried out a series of townscapes showing houses, streets, squares and bridges – scenes of which some are still to be found in the city today. It was in that context that he executed this pencil study of the Nice - a park on the northern bank of the Main –, which served him as preparation for a painting "The Nice in Frankfurt am Main" (Kunstmuseum Basel). Here we see the façade of the house on the corner of Mainluststrasse and Untermainkai. The energetic drawing style with its curved and intersecting lines lends the building an almost lifelike quality.

Work Data

Basic Information

Study for the painting The Nice in Frankfurt am Main
Portrait of Georg Swarzenski
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil on wove cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Beckmann / F. 1921 [überschrieben 1925]
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Wiese 1978.220.472

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

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Research and Discussion


Object History
Mathilde Q. Beckmann (1904-1986), New York
Schenkung an Hanns Swarzenski (1903-1985), Boston
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 1983.


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