Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut (Self Portrait with Bowler Hat)

Max Beckmann

Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut (Self Portrait with Bowler Hat)



31.3 x 24.4 cm

50 in this state (also fifty in the fourth state)

Simon Theobald Ltd


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In this 1921 self-portrait Beckmann depicts himself as a dandy with a bowler hat, stiff collar, and cigarette. The profile of a cat sitting on a table behind him to the left and an ashtray and kerosene lamp to his right fill out the tight composition. Beckmann created about eighty self-portraits over a career that spanned virtually half a century. He used his own image and persona to delve into the complexities of the human soul, showing the variety of selves that make up an individual. In Self-Portrait in Bowler Hat, Beckmann shows that he is every bit the modern man, confident in his powers of observation and cool, critical detachment (Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts online catalogue 2013). The present Self Portrait is considered the high-point of Beckmann's graphic art.