View of a Garden from a Window, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
View of a Garden from a Window
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Max Beckmann

View of a Garden from a Window, March 5, 1916

240 x 318 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, partially erased, and water spread with a brush [?], on calendared wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 2960
Object Number
SG 2960 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

This sheet shows a view from the Battenbergs’ flat in Schweizer Strasse 3 in Frankfurt am Main, where Beckmann had found accommodation in the autumn of 1915 after leaving military service. He drew it in pencil, then using an eraser to reduce individual sections of the path and garden again in soft transitions. He also introduced painterly accents with a damp brush. The drawn study possesses the quality of an artwork in its own right.

Work Data

Basic Information

View of a Garden from a Window
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, partially erased, and water spread with a brush [?], on calendared wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert, datiert und bezeichnet in der Darstellung unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Dem armen „kranken“ / Wäulemätzchen / von / Beckmann / 5 3.16
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Wiese 1978.210.363

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 41A3372 view through a window from the inside
  • 41A6 garden
  • 25G11 groups of trees
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Frankfurt am Main
Ugi (1879-1957) und Fridel Battenberg (1880-1965), Frankfurt am Main, 1916
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1950/51.


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