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Object: Selbstbildnis mit Griffel (Self-portrait with stylus)
Series: Gesichter (Faces)
Plate 19: self-portrait, head and shoulders, turned slightly to right, looking to front. 1916 (?)
Drypoint, on oriental paper
- Production date
- 1916 (?)
Height: 296 millimetres
Width: 235 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Hofmaier, this is plate 19 of 'Gesichter', closing the series (see Curator's Comments for 1978,1216.5). There has been disagreement regarding the first and last plate of 'Gesichter'; Hofmaier, believing the 'Gesichter' title-page to contain misinformation, identifies this as the final plate of the series, while Carey and Griffiths identifiy it as the initial plate.
See Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM exh cat, 1984, no.128 [1982,0724.27(18)] for discussion of this series
Text from Frances Carey & Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM exh cat, 1984, no.135 [1982,0724.27(1)]
The cycle 'Gesichter' opens with this self-portrait, in which Beckmann is holding a drypoint needle, and closes with another self-portrait (1982,0724.27(19)). Other self-portraits open (and occasionally close) his other major sets of prints ('Die Hölle' 'Der Jahrmarkt' and 'Berliner Reise'); and there are also large numbers of individual self-portraits and plates in which Beckmann's features are to be found. Only Kollwitz among the other artists in this exhibition made such a sequence.
The original portfolio is kept at 246.a.42.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 May-Jul, London, Tate Gallery, 'Beckmann's Carnival'
1984/5 Sep-Jan., BM, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', no. 135
1992 Mar-May, Manchester Art Gallery, 'The Expressionist Face'
1999 Sep-Nov, Aylesbury, Bucks County Mus, Great Printmakers/20thC
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