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Spring by Max Beckmann

Spring by Max Beckmann

Harris Schrank Fine Prints (IFPDA)



Edition Size: 60 on laid paper, 40 on Japan

Sheet Size: 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 cm

Reference: Hofmaier 133IIb


Condition: Pristine

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Max Beckmann, Spring (Fruling) (also known as Street in Frankfort), etching and drypoint, 1918, signed lower right. Reference: Hofmaier 133IIb, from the edition of 60 on laid paper; another 40 were on Japan. Plate 13 of Gesichter (Faces), as published byR. Piper, Marees-Gesellschaft, and with their stamp bottom right hand corner. In very good condition, on an ivory laid paper, the full sheet, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4, the sheet 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Printed by Franz Hanfstaengel, Munich, archival window matting.

A fine fresh impression. This is an impression of the second state (of two); only one proof of the first state is known.

The portfolio Gesichter was a selection of prints done by Beckmann on a variety of subjects over the period of the War, 1914-18; the prints were not made with the portfolio or other compilation in view. But they all do seem to be autobiographical. Beckmann had volunteered as a medical orderly during the War, but after a nervous breakdown in 1915 was given leave.

Here, Beckmann and his wife lean out of their Frankfort apartment window to welcome Spring; the ending of the War may infuse the spirit of the print, but of course that is pure conjecture.

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Max Beckmann

Max Beckmann was a German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and writer. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the New Objectivity, an outgrowth of Expressionism that opposed its introverted emotionalism.

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