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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 woodcut Max Beckmann Bildnis Frau H.M. Naila signed original 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).