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The Street
  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
  • Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
    • Max Beckmann (1884 - 1950)

  • TitleThe Street
  • Date1914 (beschnitten 1928)
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions171 x 72 cm (Bildmaß), 184 x 85 x 6,5 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert unten rechts: "Beckmann"
  • Inscriptionbezeichnet unten rechts: "B.H. [Berlin-Hermsdorf] 1913 für Quappi"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 7098/93
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB und aus Mitteln des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1993
  • On DisplayNo
Additional Reproductions

The city, symbolising all that was modern, also attracted Max Beckmann as an artistic motif from the mid-1910s. In his street scenes, the painter focussed on the bustle and pace of urban life. He can be seen himself, along with his wife Minna Tube and his son Peter, in the midst of the throng. He draws on a painterly fusion of realistic and impressionist techniques to depict what – with a tinge of self-irony – Beckmann called “life, so frequently described and so widely cited”.

Later, Beckmann was to regard this painting, with its striking up-ended format, as one of his most accomplished early works. It had originally been in landscape format and three times the size, but in 1928, concerned about weaknesses in the composition, the artist cut it into pieces. Only the two sections on display have survived.