Unique proof of the first state, hand-printed and extensively worked over by the artist in anticipation of additions and alterations to the plate in the second state.

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated, lower right, and inscribed "Luftschaukel (Handprobedruck)," (Air-Swing [hand-pulled proof]), lower left.
Series
Plate 5 from the cycle "The Annual Fair."

Leading Modernist painter, printmaker, draftsman, and writer Max Beckmann began his career working in the traditional style but came to be linked with Expressionism, as well as the Neue Sachlichkeit's contemporary social criticism. Devoted to figuration, Beckmann repeatedly used the theater, circus, history, mythology, and religion as allegories for human tragedy. Among his many self-portraits is 1938's Self-Portrait With Horn, painted after he fled Nazi Germany. Typical of his work's intense color, emotion, and metaphysical quality, it shows the artist in a vivid orange and black gown with a deeply furrowed brow.

High auction record
£36.0m, Christie's, 2017
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare IllustratedDavis Museum
Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
Making Modern: Beckmann in AmericaMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
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The Tall Man, 1921

Etching on cream wove paper, worked over in ink.
12 × 8 1/8 in
30.5 × 20.6 cm
Unique
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Location
New York
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Unique proof of the first state, hand-printed and extensively worked over by the artist in …

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated, lower right, and inscribed "Luftschaukel (Handprobedruck)," (Air-Swing [hand-pulled proof]), lower left.
Series
Plate 5 from the cycle "The Annual Fair."

Leading Modernist painter, printmaker, draftsman, and writer Max Beckmann began his career working in the traditional style but came to be linked with Expressionism, as well as the Neue Sachlichkeit's contemporary social criticism. Devoted to figuration, Beckmann repeatedly used the theater, circus, history, mythology, and religion as allegories for human tragedy. Among his many self-portraits is 1938's Self-Portrait With Horn, painted after he fled Nazi Germany. Typical of his work's intense color, emotion, and metaphysical quality, it shows the artist in a vivid orange and black gown with a deeply furrowed brow.

High auction record
£36.0m, Christie's, 2017
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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