Vaudeville Act (Quappi)

Max Beckmann German

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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.

Vaudeville Act (Quappi), Max Beckmann (German, Leipzig 1884–1950 New York), Oil on canvas

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