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123002020
Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait, from: Day and Dream, 1946.
Lithograph
Starting bid: € 8,000 / $ 8,560
Self-Portrait, from: Day and Dream. 1946.
Lithograph, with watercolors.
Signed in lower right and inscribed "I" in bottom center. Unique object. Watercolored sheet from an edition of 90 numbered copies. On wove paper. 31.8 x 26.3 cm (12.5 x 10.3 in). 40 x 30 cm (15,7 x 11,8 in).
[EH].

• Unique object.
• Watercolored by Max Beckmann in 1948.
• Privately owned for more than 30 years.
• Other watercolored sheets from the portfolio "Day and Dream" are at, among others, the Sprengelmuseum Hanover and the Kunsthalle Bremen
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PROVENANCE: Private collection.
Private collection USA (since 1993, acquired from the above, Christie's New York).

LITERATURE: Mayen Beckmann (ed.), Max Beckmann. Die Aquarelle und Pastelle, Werkverzeichnis der farbigen Arbeiten auf Papier, Frankfurt 2006, cf. no. 142.2
James Hofmaier, Max Beckmann. Catalogue raisonné of his Prints, Bern 1990, vol. 2, no. 357 B a (of B b) illu. p. 837

Christie's New York, American and Modern Prints and Illustrated Books, November 19, 1993, lot 105.

In 1946, Curt Valentin commissioned Max Beckmann to create the portfolio "Day and Dream" especially for the American market. The subject had become relevant, not least due to the popularity of the Surrealists. At the request of the publisher Curt Valentin, Max Beckmann watercolored four portfolios of the 1948 edition, including the portfolio with copy number 18, which Max Beckmann repeatedly mentions in his diaries. The important aspect is that all four portfolios differ in terms of choice of watercolors, which means that each sheet was given an own interpretation and personal character.

The Max Ernst Museum in Brühl showed the exhibition "MAX BECKMANN – Day and Dream. Eine Reise von Berlin nach New York" from September 27, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

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123002020
Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait, from: Day and Dream, 1946.
Lithograph
Starting bid: € 8,000 / $ 8,560