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The Family, plate eleven 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 last image of Hell depicts Max Beckmann, his grandmother, and his son, Peter, ending the series on a note of equivocation. Peter wears a helmet and smiles gleefully as he plays with toy grenades, while Beckmann’s grandmother sits passively. The artist himself is framed by the Christian image of the cross in the window and also points to heaven, but in an unclear sign of either blame or submission to fate. The clarity of the form of the image dissolves in the confusion of the iconographic message. This encapsulates Beckmann’s view of German society in this moment of postwar disaster.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Max Beckmann

Title

The Family, plate eleven from Die Hölle

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1919

Medium

Transfer lithograph on tan imitation Japanese paper

Dimensions

Image: 74.5 × 44 cm (29 3/8 × 17 3/8 in.); Sheet: 87 × 61 cm (34 5/16 × 24 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Martin Gecht

Reference Number

1989.685.11

Copyright

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

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