Max Beckmann

Self-portrait with Bowler Hat

1921
Along with his German Expressionist contemporaries, Max Beckmann saw emotive potential in the directness of the drypoint medium, and he exploited it with mastery in this famous self-portrait. Patches of angled lines model the bowler hat and haggard face of a man wearied in the years following World War I, illustrating the artist’s objective “to make the invisible visible through reality.”
Artist
Title
Self-portrait with Bowler Hat
Date
1921
Medium
Print
Materials
etching and drypoint on laid paper
Dimensions
49.8 x 33.8 cm; plate: 32.2 x 24.3 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17357