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Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
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Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
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Max Beckmann (1884-1950)

Stilleben mit Türkenbund (Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste)

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Max Beckmann (1884-1950)
Stilleben mit Türkenbund (Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste)
signed and dated 'Beckmann F. 25' (lower right)
oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 18 1/2 in. (50.2 x 47.2 cm.)
Painted in Frankfurt in 1926
Provenance
Israel Ber Neumann, New York/Galerie Günther Franke, Munich.
[Probably] Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner, by 1938.



Literature
The artist's handlist (annotated 'Frankfurt 1925: Stilleben mit Türkenbund. Begonnen 15 August, beendet 21 Oktober').
B. Reifenberg & W. Hausenstein, Max Beckmann, Munich, 1949, no. 213 (titled 'Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste' and dated '1925').
E. & B. Göpel, Max Beckmann: Katalog der Gemälde, vol. I, Bern, 1976, no. 248, p. 181 (illustrated vol. II, pl. 87, no. 248).

Exhibited
Frankfurt, Kunstverein, Max Beckmann, October - November 1929, no. 9.
Munich, Graphisches Kabinett [Günther Franke], Max Beckmann, July 1930, no. 29.
Basel, Kunsthalle, Max Beckmann, August 1930, no. 47.
Zurich, Kunsthaus, Max Beckmann, September - October 1930, no. 35.
Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Max Beckmann, Gemälde und Graphik 1906 bis 1930, January - February 1931, no. 17 (titled 'Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste').
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Lot Essay

Beckmann painted still lifes throughout his career, from his earliest works through the war years, during his time in Frankfurt and the period of exile in Amsterdam, to his final years in the United States.

Painted in Frankfurt in 1926, at the artist’s first high point of creativity, Stilleben mit Türkenbund (Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste) is typical of Beckmann’s works from the mid-1920s, when his style moved away from precision and detail and his painting started to become more vigorous and independent. As Beckmann’s wife recalled, he ‘never set up the things for his still lifes: he also scarcely ever made sketches for them. Whatever aroused and unleashed these images he generally painted directly on the canvas.’ (M. Beckmann, Mein Leben mit Max Beckmann, Munich, 1983, p. 146). This is evident in the spontaneous arrangement of the composition which focusses on a large vase of lilies formed by loose visible Expressionistic brushstrokes intertwining an everyday box set against a vast black background.

Beckmann typically included objects from his own domestic surroundings in his still lifes. He was greatly interested in the non-European objects that he possessed and enjoyed integrating them into his works. Here he shows the ornamental decoration of the cover of the box and the detail of the compartments.

‘Beckmann’s underlying intention was to revive the pictorial genres of still lifes and landscape, which had been treated as virtually identical by the cubists through the consistent fragmentation of forms’ (K. Schick, Max Becmann The Still Lifes, Munich 2014, p. 26). The artist wished to upgrade the genre and bring interest to the least important object which he has successfully achieved in Stilleben mit Türkenbund (Blumen mit Zigarrenkiste).

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