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ID number:  BIRBI-2000.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Beckmann, Max (1884-1950)
Title / Object name:  Resurrection
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Frankfurt
Culture:  German
Date made:  about 1918
Materials:  Dry point on laid handmade paper
Measurements:  373 x 446 mm; mount: 725 x 590 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at the Villa Grisebach Sale, Munich, 25 November 2000 by Garton & Co. for the Barber Institute
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This print repeats, in reverse, the composition of a large mural (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart) that Beckmann began in 1916 but never completed. Bodies cover the ground in various states of suffering and death, many distorted, some horribly mutilated, whilst Beckmann and his family kneel in the lower right corner. This is an anti-Resurrection; the bodies are not ascending to heaven and there is a sense of devastation, not of hope.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: signed in pencil, lower right, within plate mark; blind stamp b.l.c.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Barber Goes North: Treasures from the Barber Institute', Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK, 15 October 2010 - 15 December 2010; 'Age of Expressionism', Slade School of Art, London, UK, 08 February 2011 - 25 March 2011

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