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Self-Portrait 1950

Self-Portrait 1950

Self-Portrait 1950

Self-Portrait 1950

Date: 1950

Artist: Max Beckmann, German, 1884–1950

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
55 1/8 x 36 in. (140 x 91.4 cm)
framed: 66 15/16 in. x 48 in. x 3 3/16 in. (170 x 121.9 x 8.1 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Morton D. May
Object Number: 866:1983
Place made:United States, New York, New York
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location:On View, Gallery 216
Notes:In this self-portrait Max Beckmann wears a brightly colored shirt and sport coat, and stands in his studio contemplating an unseen painting. A canvas is turned to the wall behind him. Beckmann’s body seems almost lost in his clothing, and this diminished status references his failing health in his final years. This is the last of approximately 40 self-portraits that Beckmann produced. The work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1950; Beckmann suffered a fatal heart attack while crossing Central Park to view the exhibition.
Provenance1950 - 1960
Mathilde Q. Beckmann, New York, NY, USA, by inheritance from the artist

1960 - 1983
Morton D. May (1914-1983), St. Louis, MO, purchased from Mathilde Q. Beckmann, through Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, NY [1]

1983 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, bequest of Morton D. May [2]


Notes:
[1] Morton D. May purchased this painting from the artist's wife, Mathilde Q. (Quappi) Beckmann [letter from Catherine Viviano, January 14, 1960; May record sheet, May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum].

[2] Last Will and Testament of M. D. May dated June 11, 1982 [copy, May Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum]. Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, September 20, 1983.
Exhibition History
Title: Portraits (1925 - 1950) by Max Beckmann
Date: October 1 – December 1, 1957
Venue: Catherine Viviano Gallery
Venue: New Gallery

Title: Max Beckmann (1968-1969)
Date: September 25, 1968 - March 2, 1969
Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Venue: Haus der Kunst, München
Venue: Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Title: Caught by Politics: Art of the 1930s and 40s
Date: January 19 - March 18, 2001
Venue: Washington University Gallery of Art

Title: Max Beckmann: Meisterwerke 1907-1950
Date: September 21, 1994 - January 8, 1995
Venue: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Title: Max Beckmann (1951)
Date: April 3 - 28, 1951
Venue: Buchholz Gallery

Title: Expressionisten: Sammlung Morton D. May
Date: September 27, 1968 - September 14, 1969
Venue: Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Venue: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
Venue: Museum Folkwang
Venue: Kunsthalle Bremen
Venue: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Venue: Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts

Title: Max Beckmann (1956 The Hague)
Date: March 14 - May 7, 1956
Venue: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Title: Max Beckmann: Gemälde 1905-1950
Date: July 21, 1990 - January 13, 1991
Venue: Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Title: Max Beckmann and America
Date: October 7, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Title: Max Beckmann: Selbstbildnisse
Date: March 19 – August 8, 1993
Venue: Hamburger Kunsthalle
Venue: Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, München

Title: Dix / Beckmann: World as Myth
Date: November 22, 2013 - October 8, 2014
Venue: KUNSTHALLEMANNHEIM
Venue: HYPO-KULTURSTIFTUNG

Title: Hinter der Bühne: "Backstage," Max Beckmann 1950
Date: October 10, 1990 - January 13, 1991
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Title: Max Beckmann in America
Date: November 11 – December 6, 1969
Venue: Catherine Viviano Gallery

Title: Max Beckmann (1964-1965)
Date: May 15, 1964 - November 7, 1965
Venue: MFABoston
Venue: MOMA
Venue: AIC
Venue: Kunstverein Hamburg
Venue: Frankfurter Kunstverein
Venue: Tate Britain

Title: German Expressionist Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May (1960-1963)
Date: November 13, 1960 - January 6, 1963
Venue: Denver Art Museum
Venue: University of California, Los Angeles
Venue: Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
Venue: M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Venue: AIC
Venue: The Butler Institute of American Art
Venue: Akron Art Museum
Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art
Venue: The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Venue: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Venue: William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art

Title: [No Title: Reciprocal loan for Max Beckmann and Paris]
Date: Sep 10, 1998 – Jun 29, 1999
Venue: Pfalzgalerie

Title: Max Beckmann: Das Portrait, Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen,
Date: August 26 – November 17, 1963
Venue: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Title: Modern German Masterpieces
Date: February 22, 1986 - June 21, 1987
Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
Venue: Phoenix Art Museum
Venue: Crocker Art Museum
Venue: Seattle Art Museum
Venue: San Diego Museum of Art
Venue: Fort Worth Art Museum

Title: The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso
Date: February 6, 2007 – September 16, 2007
Venue: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Venue: Kimbell Art Museum

Title: Max Beckmann, un peintre dans l'histoire
Date: September 10, 2002 - September 29, 2003
Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Venue: Tate Modern
Venue: MOMA

Title: Max Beckmann Retrospective (1984)
Date: February 25, 1984 - February 3, 1985
Venue: Haus der Kunst, München
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie
Venue: SLAM
Venue: LACMA

Title: German Expressionist Paintings from the Collection of Mr. Morton D. May (1967)
Date: September 20 - October 22, 1967
Venue: Portland Art Museum

Title: Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May (1960)
Date: February 14 - July 4, 1960
Venue: Pius XII Library

Title: American Painting Today
Date: December 8, 1950 - February 25, 1951
Venue: TheMet

Title: Ausstellung Max Beckmann (1956 Basel)
Date: January 14 - February 12, 1956
Venue: Kunsthalle Basel

Title: Exiles and Emigrés: The Flight of European Artists from Hitler
Date: February 23, 1997 - January 4, 1998
Venue: LACMA
Venue: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie

Title: Max Beckmann: 1884-1950
Date: November 22, 1955 - January 8, 1956
Venue: Kunsthaus Zürich

Publication History
Title: Max Beckmann Schauspieler-Triptychon
Year Published: 1989

Title: Modern German Masterpieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum
Year Published: 1986

Title: Max Beckmann: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen
Year Published: 1965

Title: Of 'Truths Impossible to Put in Words': Max Beckmann Contextualized
Year Published: 2009

Title: Max Beckmann in America
Year Published: 1969

Title: Eminent but Broke: Max Beckmann's New York Years
Periodical Title: The New York Times
Edition: Sunday, June 22
Year Published: 2003

Title: Vom Ich zum Selbst - Max Beckmanns Selbstbildnisse
Periodical Title: du
Year Published: 1984

Title: Max Beckmann: Die Triptychen im Städel
Year Published: 1981

Title: Max Beckmann: 1884 - 1950
Year Published: 1955

Title: Max Beckmann: Gemälde 1905-1950
Year Published: 1990

Title: Modern German Masterpieces
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: Winter
Year Published: 1985

Title: Max Beckmann and The Self
Year Published: 1997

Title: Self Portraits of Beckmann & Corinth
Periodical Title: Auction
Edition: December
Year Published: 1968

Title: Max Beckmann: The Self-Portraits
Year Published: 1992

Title: Beckmann
Year Published: 2002

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1978

Title: Max Beckmann in Amerika
Year Published: 2008

Title: Max Beckmann: Der Maler
Year Published: 1991

Title: Max Beckmann: Katalog der Gemälde
Year Published: 1976

Title: Künstler über Kunst: ein ewiger Dialog über die Probleme der Kunst von Leonardo bis Picasso
Year Published: 1951

Title: Max Beckmann 1884-1950 : The Path to Myth
Year Published: 1995

Title: Beckmann's Self-Portraits
Periodical Title: Art International
Edition: November 15
Year Published: 1974

Title: Max Beckmann: Tagebücher: 1940-1950
Year Published: 1955

Title: Exiles + Emigrés: The Flight of European Artists from Hitler
Year Published: 1997

Title: Max Beckmann in Seinen Späten Jahren
Year Published: 1955

Title: Max Beckmann : der Maler seiner Zeit
Year Published: 2009

Title: Max Beckmann, Musée National d'Art Moderne
Year Published: 1968

Title: German Expressionist Paintings From the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Morton D. May
Edition: 2
Year Published: 1960

Title: Beckmann & America
Year Published: 2011

Title: Max Beckmann: Das Portrait, Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen
Year Published: 1963

Title: Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May
Year Published: 1960

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1964

Title: Current Exhibitions: The Morton D. May Collection of 20th Century German Masters
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: July - August
Year Published: 1970

Title: Blick auf Beckmann: Dokumente und Vorträge
Year Published: 1962

Title: Max Beckmann: A Dream of Life
Year Published: 2006

Title: American Painting Today
Year Published: 1950

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1959

Title: Max Beckmann, 1884-1950: Paintings, Drawings, and Graphic Work
Year Published: 1965

Title: Portraits (1925 - 1950) By Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1957

Title: Max Beckmann: Selbstbildnisse
Year Published: 1984

Title: The Morton D. May Collection of 20th Century German Masters
Year Published: 1970

Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Handbook of the Collections
Year Published: 1991

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1996

Title: Max Beckmann: 14 Gemälde
Year Published: 1969

Title: Expressionisten: Sammlung Morton D. May
Year Published: 1969

Title: Max Beckmann: The Self-Portraits
Year Published: 1992

Title: Autoportraits de Beckmann: l'artiste en personne
Periodical Title: Connaissance des Arts
Year Published: 2002

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 2003

Title: Multiple Personalities: Self-Portraits in Series by Four Masters
Periodical Title: American Artist
Edition: September
Year Published: 1997

Title: Max Beckmann in Exile
Year Published: 1996

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1956

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1951

Title: Ausstellung Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1956

Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1968

Title: Max Beckmann: Leben im Werk, die Selbstbildnisse
Year Published: 1985

Title: Max Beckmann in America: A Personal Reminiscence
Periodical Title: In: German-American Cultural Review
Edition: Spring
Year Published: 1995

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1969

Title: Max Beckmann: Sichtbares und Unsichtbares
Year Published: 1965

Title: Max Beckmann: The Landscapes
Year Published: 2011

Title: Mein Leben mit Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1983

Title: Major St. Louis Collection on View: Morton D. May Expressionist Works at Pius XII Library
Periodical Title: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Edition: Music and the Arts - Sunday, February 14
Year Published: 1960

Title: Max Beckmann in America
Periodical Title: Magazine of Art
Edition: March
Year Published: 1951

Title: Weltanschauliche Orientierungsversuche im Exil: New Orientations of World View in Exile
Periodical Title: Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik
Year Published: 2010

Title: H. W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis
Year Published: 2002

Title: Max Beckmann: die Argonauten ein Triptychon
Year Published: 1957

Title: German Expressionist Paintings from the Collection of Mr. Morton D. May
Year Published: 1967

Title: Hinter der Bühne: "Backstage," Max Beckmann 1950
Year Published: 1990

Title: German Expressionist Paintings From the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Morton D. May
Edition: 1
Year Published: 1960

Title: Max Beckmann: Selbstbildnisse
Year Published: 1994

Title: Max Beckmann
Year Published: 1977

Title: Max Beckmann Retrospective
Year Published: 1984

Title: Max Beckmann: Meisterwerke 1907-1950
Year Published: 1994

Title: Max Beckmann at the Saint Louis Art Museum: The Paintings
Year Published: 2015

Title: The Mirror and the Mask: Portraiture in the Age of Picasso
Year Published: 2007

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