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ID number:  BIRBI-98.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Beckmann, Max (1884-1950)
Title / Object name:  Self-portrait with stylus
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Frankfurt
Culture:  German
Date made:  1917
Materials:  Drypoint
Measurements:  475 x 330 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Barton % Co., Devizes, July 1998
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Beckmann depicts himself holding the tool needed to produce such a drypoint print. The use of tense and wiry lines testifies to his derelict state, having been discharged from the German army after suffering a complete mental and physical breakdown, Yet, his intent gaze suggests his determination to overcome his abject situation.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscriptions, sale stamps & c: signed in pencil, l. r., within plate mark: Beckmann; inscr. in pencil, l. l.: Selbstportrat 1917

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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