Max Beckmann Carnival 1920

Artwork details

Artist
Max Beckmann 1884–1950
Title
Carnival
Fastnacht
Date 1920
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1864 x 918 mm
frame: 2067 x 1122 x 72 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and Friends of the Tate Gallery and Mercedes-Benz (U.K.) Ltd 1981
Reference
T03294
Not on display

Display caption

Beckmann’s work, with its grotesque and distorted figures, epitomised what the Nazis considered to be ‘degenerate’ art. He was dismissed from his teaching post in Frankfurt in 1933. Several of his works were included in the 1937 Degenerate Art show, prompting him to leave Germany for Amsterdam. This work represents the climax of Carnival, a season of fancy dress parties, masked balls and street processions with wild music and dancing. The two figures are based on close friends of the artist, who is possibly represented by the masked clown.

April 2005