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Max Beckmann

Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut (Self Portrait with Bowler Hat) , 1921

Drypoint

31.3 x 24.4 cm

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

Price upon request

Simon Theobald Ltd

London,

+44 (0) 207 629 0629

About

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.
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