Scarce lithograph print of 1922, "Eislauf" (Ice Skating), pencil signed at lower right by the enormously important German Expressionist, MAX BECKMANN (1884-1949), the sheet measuring 23 1/2" by 15 1/2". The image shows a delightful variety of people of all ages enjoying the open air pleasures of skating. This print was published by Reinhard Piper in Munich in a total edition of 230 examples. (Following biographical information from the website on the artist). Beckmann was born in Leipzig and pursued a career in the arts despite family opposition. After education at Weimar and Paris, he became active in Berlin in 1904, in the Berlin Secession, a strong advocate of German impressionism. World War I saw him serving as a paramedic, and the experiences of war affected him to such a degree that he suffered a mental breakdown. By the year 1916 he began the transition to Expressionism. After the war his reputation was strongly ascending and he was a much sought after artist. It was during this fertile period that this print was produced. Reinhard Piper of Munich published books illustrated by Beckmann, and a monograph was published in 1924. Beckmann taught at Frankfurt in 1925 and a retrospective took place in 1928. The 1933 rise of Nazism led to his art being declared "degenerate" and Beckmann fled to Amsterdam. After the war he was in St. Louis for a short time at Washington University, and in the last year of his life he taught at the school at the Brooklyn Museum. This print was offered in 2016 by Swann Galleries in New York after professional cleaning and removal from an old board. It retains a few light creases as shown, near the left edge particularly, but the image area is in excellent condition. Presently it is protectively mounted but not framed. The photos overaccentuate the rippling at edges, and there might be a small reflection as the photos were taken through the protective plastic sheet.
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