Kasbek. 1923. Drypoint. Hofmaier 281 A (of Bb). Signed, titled and inscribed "Probedruck". Titled in plate. One of just a few trial proofs. Hofmaier calls for just two copies on wove paper. On creme machine made laid paper. 49.2 x 21.2 cm (19.3 x 8.3 in). Sheet: 56 x 28,4 cm (22 x 11 in). Kasbeck is the name of a 5,000 meter high peak in Georgia, that presumably was namesake for many restaurants and nightclubs run by immigrants in Berlin that Beckmann often visited. [KD].
PROVENANCE: Formerly in collection Rowohlt, Munich (since in family possession).
Max Beckmann discovers a large part of his motives during the twenties in night clubs and in the circus. The excessive night life, especially in Berlin during these times, has a nearly magic attractiveness for the artists living there. The scene depicted here in a tavern that was operated by Russian emigrants has little to do with the reality of the pwersons represented. The sitting figure in the foreground is Natalia, a beautiful woman from Beckmann's circle of friends who lived in Berlin and Frankfurt. She was often portrayed by him. A concentration on the faces of the represented figures is very clear and becomes one of the prominent stylistic features of Max Beckmann's works.