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Two Auto Officers

Item Code MB-84-s
Medium
Drypoint

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Cat Rais No
84
Suite
Gesichter (Faces)
Date of Work
1915
Edition Number
59
Edition Size
100
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
11
Width (cm)
17
£4,500

Description

Seeing a return to the literal Gesichter - ‘faces’ - of the portfolio is the double portrait ‘Two Auto Officers’. James Hofmaier, the authority on Beckmann’s graphic works, identifies the figure on the right as Paul Cassirer, a Berlin art dealer and publisher who eagerly volunteered to fight at the declaration of war and received an Iron Cross for his efforts. Increasingly disillusioned with the war, Cassirer went on to become a pacifist. His relationship with Beckmann was established even before the war, however, when in 1909 he commissioned Beckman to illustrate Guthmann’s ‘Eurydikes Wiederkehr’, Beckmann’s first ever published illustrations, and the two remained close friends.
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