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Max Beckmann (German, Leipzig 1884–1950 New York)

1934 and 1937
Oil on canvas
54 7/8 x 23 1/2in. (139.4 x 59.7cm) 57 7/8 x 26 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (147 x 67 x 4.8 cm) (Frame)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    Beckmann's wife, Mathilde (1904-1986), a trained violinist, is shown here with an instrument she never played-a banjo. She never posed for any portrait, which permitted the artist to let his imagination have free reign over his final compositions.

  • Exhibition History

    Hartford. 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.

  • References

    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.

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