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Max Beckmann Prints

Max Beckmann (1884-1950), although not a household name, was one of the most respected and prolific German artists ever. Painter, print maker, draftsman and sculptor, he created more than 800 paintings between 1905-1950, and hundreds more drawings and prints. During the German Weimar Republic, he was held in great esteem and received many honors in his homeland. When the Nazis came to power, however, his artwork was confiscated from museums, classified as degenerate by the government, and mocked and ridiculed as being the product of a "cultural Bolshevik," prompting Beckmann to flee to Holland and then later to the U.S.

Max Beckmann art lives on and here you'll find original and signed Max Beckmann woodcut art, Max Beckmann prints and Max Beckmann etchings. We're also featuring a rare 1950 Max Beckmann lithograph print from his "Improvisations."

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Max Beckmann Bildnis Frau H.M. Naila signed original woodcut
$4,000.00
Max Beckmann Bildnis Frau H.M. Naila woodcut
Medium: original woodcut. Signed in pencil. Catalogue reference: Hofmaier 282 IV BB. Printed in Germany in 1923 for the very rare Kunst der Gegenwart portfolio, published in Munich by Marées-Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co., with the Marées-Gesellschaft blindstamp in the margin. The printer was Fritz Voigt, of Berlin. This impression is one of 220 printed on cream wove paper from a total edition of 300 (consisting of 220 on wove and 80 on japon paper). The image measures 13 3/4 x 13 inches (350 x 331 mm); the total sheet measures 20 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (520 x 472 mm) with full original margins and deckle edges.

In very good condition; with minor creasing near the edges of the sheet and a tiny pinhole in the space above the figure's right eye (hardly visible).

This is one of several portraits of a mysterious woman called "Naila" that were done by Max Beckmann. It is now known that Naila was Dr. Hildegard Melms, and that Beckmann had an affair with her in 1923, the same year he executed this print. This important German Expressionist woodcut can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Max Beckmann "Tanzende" (Dancing) original woodcut
$1,500.00
Max Beckmann Tanzende original woodcut
Medium: original woodcut. A lovely German Expressionist composition depicting two dancers. Catalogue reference: Hofmaier 228 B. Printed in Germany in 1922 for the rare Ganymed portfolio of "Das vierte Jahrbuch der Marees Gesellschaft", published in Munich by Marees-Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co. and printed by Wolf & Sohn, of Munich. This impression is from the unsigned edition printed on laid paper. The image measures 7 1/8 x 4 inches (180 x 103 mm); the total sheet measures 10 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches (275 x 195 mm). This piece is in the permanent collection of MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art). An important German Expressionist print offered at an attractive price. Not signed.

Condition: this Max Beckmann woodcut is in good condition; with only minor age-toning to the paper. There is a slight wave in the paper but in true life it is not nearly so obvious as it appears in the photo.
Max Beckmann "Portrait of Dostoyevsky (Bildnis Dostojewski)" original etching
$1,000.00
Max Beckmann Portrait of Dostoyevsky (Bildnis Dostojewski) original etching
Medium: original etching and drypoint. Catalogue reference: Hofmaier 187. Printed in Germany in 1921 for the rare Ganymed portfolio of "Das dritte Jahrbuch der Marees Gesellschaft", published in Munich by Marees-Gesellschaft, R. Piper & Co. The drypoint was printed by Franz Hanfstaengl, of Munich. This is a rich, dark impression is from the unsigned edition of 950 printed on laid paper (the total edition was 1150, of which 200 were signed). The plate measures 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 inches (165 x 110 mm); with full original margins. Not signed.

Condition: there is foxing to the margins, not affecting the etched image (see the second photo). There is a bit of rippling to the paper but this appears more exaggerated in the photo than in actuality. This piece is in the permanent collection of MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art). An important German Expressionist print offered at an attractive price.
Max Beckmann original lithograph for Improvisations | Artists Equity 1950 Spring Fantasia
$300.00
Max Beckmann lithograph for Improvisations | Artists Equity Ball
Medium: original lithograph. This print is from the very rare 1950 "Improvisations" portfolio, published by the Artists Equity Association of New York on the occasion of the 1950 Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball at the Hotel Astor. Leading artists on the New York art scene were invited to contribute original lithographs in the form of advertisements for businesses and institutions supporting the Artists Equity Association; these sponsors allowed the artists complete creative freedom of expression. Indeed, it is said that annual Spring Fantasia Masquerade Balls were very wild affairs!

This lithograph was issued in an edition of 2000 and is printed on watermarked, tinted laid paper; the sheet measures 11 5/8 x 8 3/4 inches (295 x 220 mm). Signed by Max Beckmann in the stone (not hand-signed). Beckmann taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School at the end of his life, and died in 1950, so this is one of his last original prints.