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Sale: 415 / Modern Art, June 06. 2014 in Munich Lot 340

 
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Jahrmarkt. 1921.
The portfolio with ten Drypoints as well as title sheet, table of content and imprint, published by Marées Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co., Munich 1922.
Hofmaier 191-200, each B b (of C b and D). All signed. Typographically numbered in imprint. From an edition of 125 copies on this type of paper. On wove paper. Up to 33,5 x 25,7 cm (13,1 x 10,1 in). Sheet: each ca. 53 x 38 cm (20,9 x 15 in).
Loose sheets in original mounts with embossed number. Each with blindstamp of Marées Gesellschaft. Printed by Franz Hanfstaengl, Munich, and Otto von Holten, Berlin. Contains: Der Ausrufer (self portrait). Garderobe. Hinter den Kulissen. Schiessbude. Der grosse Mann. Der Neger. Das Karussell. Die Seiltänzer. Niggertanz. Schlangendame. One lose sheet with monoram "MG" in Gothic letters. Text sheets on laid paper, double sheets with original thread binding. In original half cloth portfolio with embossed artist's name, title and vignette of Marées-Gesellschaft. The complete set. [DB].

EXHIBITION: Max Beckmann "Jahrmarkt", Kunstmuseum Bern from 4 April - 25 June, 2006 (no catalog, presumably different copy).

LITERATURE: Andreas Stolzenburg. Max Beckmann. Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik aus der Sammlung Hegewisch in der Hamburger Kunsthalle, Teil 3: Max Beckmann, Jahrmarkt (1921) and Berliner Reise (1922), ex. cat. Kunsthalle Hamburg 10 September, 2006 - 21 Januar 2007, Bremen 2005, cat. no. 23. 1-10, pp. 92-103 (with color illu.).

In spite of his family's opposition, Beckmann managed to get their permission to become a painter after finishing school. He went to the Großherzogliche Kunstschule in Weimar from 1900 to 1903 where he studied mainly under the Norwegian landscape painter Carl Frithjof Smith. After his graduation and several trips to Paris, Geneva and Florence Beckmann settled in Berlin in 1907 where he joined the 'Berliner Sezession'. At the outbreak of the First World War Beckmann volunteered and served in East Prussia and Flanders. Discharged in 1915, Beckmann moved to Frankfurt am Main where he taught at the Städelschule until 1933.

With the success of the National Socialists the artist was increasingly defamed and finally dismissed from his teaching post. His works were removed from public collections in Germany. Political pressure forced him to emigrate to Holland in 1937. Here he was also restricted by the political situation, however, and an invitation to Saint Louis as a guest professor in 1947 was a welcome occasion to emigrate to the USA. This post at the Washington University School of Fine Arts was followed by teaching posts at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1949, the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York and Mills College in Oakland, California in the summer of 1950. Max Beckman died on 27 December 1950 in New York.

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Max Beckmann
Jahrmarkt, 1921.
Drypoint
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 47,600
Sold:
€ 41,480 / $ 41,480

(incl. 22% surcharge)
 


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