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Vaudeville Act (Quappi)

Artist:
Max Beckmann (German, Leipzig 1884–1950 New York)
Date:
1934 and 1937
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
54 7/8 x 23 1/2 in. (139.4 x 59.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Accession Number:
67.187.51
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 913
This painting represents three of Beckmann’s great loves: cabaret and vaudeville, jazz, and his wife, Quappi. A trained violinist, she never played the banjo as she does here. Had Beckmann not added her name to the title, it would be difficult to recognize her. He painted the first version of this work in Berlin in 1934 but revised it in Amsterdam in 1937.
the artist, New York (until 1940s); [Buchholz Gallery, New York, 1949]; Adelaide Milton de Groot, New York (1949–d. 1967; on extended loan to the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn., 1950–56; her bequest to MMA)

Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Adelaide Milton de Groot Loan Collection," January 10–February 12, 1950, unnum. checklist (as "Carnival").

Bellevue, Wash. Bellevue Art Museum. "Five Thousand Years of Faces," January 30–July 30, 1983, unnumbered cat. (as "Carnival").

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Max Beckmann and Paris: Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Rouault," September 25, 1998–January 3, 1999, no. 33 (as "Varieté [Quappi]").

Saint Louis Art Museum. "Max Beckmann and Paris: Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Rouault," February 6–May 9, 1999, no. 33.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Max Beckmann Prints," July 14, 2000–January 7, 2001, no catalogue.

Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig. "Max Beckmann: Von Angesicht zu Angesicht," September 17, 2011–January 22, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Max Beckmann in New York," October 19, 2016–February 20, 2017, no. 21.

C[harles]. C. C[unningham]. "Adelaide Milton de Groot Loan Collection." Wadsworth Atheneum Bulletin no. 13 (January 1950), p. 1.

Thomas Schlotterback in Five Thousand Years of Faces. Exh. cat., Bellevue Art Museum. Bellevue, Wash., 1983, unpaginated.

Sabine Rewald. Max Beckmann in New York. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2016, pp. 28, 62, 92, 139 n. 56, no. 21, ill. p. 93 (color), fig. 54 (first version).



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