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I.B. Neumann, Frankfurt
Alan Frumkin, Chicago
PROPERTY BELONGING TO THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND [Lots 17-67]
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The upper class society, who Beckmann portrayed in their solidly flat unmasked convention again and again, is the subject of his biggest and perhaps most sophisticated woodcut. Three elegantly dressed, cosmopolitan people are placed in the bar of the most famous hotel in Berlin. The woman on the left is Johanna Loeb with Elisa Lutz, a singer from Argentina, on the right (also seen together in the lithograph Zwei Frauen H.245). The man in the middle is perhaps one of their husbands. Three musicians are in the background.
Beckmann uses the woodcut technique in a very individual way, as did Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde and the other expressionists in their ways. He is neither trying to achieve a simplification of the ornament nor drastic deformation of the human figure, but rather as most accurate an objective or unexaggerated depiction as possible. He envisions vanity and isolation in the three figures - elegant yet empty.