Thumbs, Peter Sorge
Peter Sorge
Thumbs
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Peter Sorge

Thumbs, ca. 1982 – 1984


Blatt
628 x 458 mm
Physical Description
pencil and coloured pencil on cardboard
Inventory Number
17086C
Object Number
17086C Z
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

On the occasion of Max Beckmann’s (1884–1950) 100th birthday, Peter Sorge drew the large-scale triptych Nothing Against Max. Beckmann himself is seen in the sheet on the left, drawn in pencil after a photo of 1938, above him a detail of his triptych The Argonauts (1949/50). Sorge’s work combines fragments from a wide variety of media sources – for example Janet Leigh screaming in terror in the role of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho of 1960 – with details of Beckmann’s triptych. The medieval painting format points to art’s spiritual, originally religious purpose.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Thumbs
Draughtsman
Tryptich
Nothing Against Max
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
pencil and coloured pencil on cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Bleistift): 82 - Sorge 84 / c [im Kreis]
Watermark
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31A224 arms
  • 31F11 death's head, skull (symbol of Death)
  • 31A221(+1) head (human) (+ front view)
  • 31A25531 thumb turned up
  • 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
  • 11R71 skull as symbol of 'Vanitas'

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12.01.2021