The Martyrdom, plate four from Die Hölle

A work made of transfer lithograph on tan imitation japanese paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of transfer lithograph on tan imitation japanese paper.

Date:

1919

Artist:

Max Beckmann (German, 1884-1950)
printed by C. Naumann’s Druckerei (German)
published by I. B. Neumann (German)

About this artwork

The single woman tortured in this image can be none other than one of the cofounders of the German Communist Party, Rosa Luxemburg. She was murdered in January 1919 by rightwing vigilantes, groups acting with the support of the ruling liberal party. This suppression of the Left highlighted the fundamental contradiction of the Weimar Republic: though it was a democracy, it began its history with the use of undemocratic, extralegal means. The presence of the bourgeois man along with other social types makes it clear that Max Beckmann saw this as an affair that encompassed society as a whole.

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Artist

Max Beckmann

Title

The Martyrdom, plate four from Die Hölle

Origin

Germany

Date

1919

Medium

Transfer lithograph on tan imitation Japanese paper

Dimensions

545 x 750 mm (image); 612 x 873 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Gecht

Reference Number

1989.685.4

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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