Max Beckmann

Self-portrait with Bowler Hat

1921

Along with his German Expressionist contemporaries, Max Beckmann saw emotive potential in the directness of the drypoint medium, and he exploited it with mastery in this famous self-portrait. Patches of angled lines model the bowler hat and haggard face of a man wearied in the years following World War I, illustrating the artist’s objective “to make the invisible visible through reality.”

Artiste
Titre
Self-portrait with Bowler Hat
Date
1921
Technique
Estampe
Matériaux
etching and drypoint on laid paper
Dimensions
49.8 x 33.8 cm; plate: 32.2 x 24.3 cm
Nationalité
German
Mention de source
Purchased 1973
Numéro d'acquisition
17357