Café. Um 1925. Charcoal drawing. Signed and illegibly inscribed in lower right. Verso inscribed by Mathilde "Quappi" Beckmann. On grayish machine-made laid paper. 30.2 x 22.6 cm (11.8 x 8.8 in), the full sheet. [CH].
The sheet will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of Max-Beckmann's drawings, currently compiled by Hedda Finke and Stephan Wiese, with the title "Am Caféhaustisch. Zwei sich gegenüberstehende diskutierende Männer und zwei sitzende Personen". We are grateful for the kind expert advice.
PROVENANCE: Collection Mathilde "Quappi" Beckmann (the artist's wife). Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York (acquired from aforementioned in 1958). Private collection (acquired from aforementioned in 1958, afterwards in possession of the family). Private collection Switzerland (acquired from aforementioned in 2006) .
LITERATURE: Sotheby's, London, Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper, lot no. 171.