The Yawners, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
The Yawners
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Max Beckmann

The Yawners, 1918


Blatt
444 x 370 mm
Platte
308 x 255 mm
Physical Description
Drypoint etching on laid paper Fourth state (of IV)
Inventory Number
SG 3048
Object Number
SG 3048 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1949 from the collection of Ugi and Fridel Battenberg
Status
On display, Special Exhibitions

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About the Work

Beckmann executed this unusual society portrait in 1918. It depicts the artist (top centre) and several of his friends, among them Ugi Battenberg (picking his nose) and his wife Fridel (bottom right). Arranged densely one above and beside the other on a single plane, their heads are locked into place by elements of a claustrophobic bourgeois living room. Only the servant is free of the boredom that has all the guests yawning so deeply that communication is at a standstill. ‘The Yawners’ is to be understood as a metaphor for the stupor and apathy of society.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Yawners
Artist
Publisher
Edition
Einer von 60 Abzügen von der verstählten Platte
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Drypoint etching on laid paper Fourth state (of IV)
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet in der Platte oben links (spiegelverkehrt): Beckmann / Sommer Hermsdorf 1918
Signiert unterhalb der Darstellung rechts (mit Bleistift): Beckmann
Prägestempel der Marées-Gesellschaft unten links
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Gl. 110
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Hofmaier 129 IV B b
  • Gallwitz 100
  • Glaser 110
  • Beckmann-Liste 113

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1949 from the collection of Ugi and Fridel Battenberg

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61B2(BECKMANN, Max)13(+511) historical person (BECKMANN, Max) - historical person (BECKMANN, Max) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ full face portrait)
  • 61B2(BECKMANN, Max)13 historical person (BECKMANN, Max) - historical person (BECKMANN, Max) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait
  • 61B2(BATTENBERG, Ugi)13(+512) historical person (BATTENBERG, Ugi) - historical person (BATTENBERG, Ugi) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 61B2(BATTENBERG, Ugi)13 historical person (BATTENBERG, Ugi) - historical person (BATTENBERG, Ugi) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait
  • 61BB2(BATTENBERG, Fridel)13(+512) historical person (BATTENBERG, Fridel) - BB - woman - historical person (BATTENBERG, Fridel) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait (+ three-quarter view portrait)
  • 61BB2(BATTENBERG, Fridel)13 historical person (BATTENBERG, Fridel) - BB - woman - historical person (BATTENBERG, Fridel) portrayed in a group, in a group-portrait
  • 31B14 yawning
Secondary
  • 61B2(+513) historical persons (+ profile portrait)
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth)
  • 31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth)
  • 41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase

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31.03.2021