The Yawners, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
The Yawners
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Max Beckmann

The Yawners, 1918

Plate 7 of: Gesichter, München: Marées Gesellschaft und Piper, 1919

444 x 370 mm
308 x 255 mm
Physical Description
Drypoint etching on laid paper Fourth state (of IV)
Inventory Number
SG 3048
Object Number
SG 3048 D
Acquired in 1949 from the collection of Ugi and Fridel Battenberg
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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.

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