Bust-length self-portrait with housegable visible at left.
One in a series of self-portraits Beckmann produced between 1918 and 1923 in which he explored a variety of guises and demeanors all intended to be reflective of what he considered the emotion and theatricality of life. Here we see Beckmann's use of the hard lines of the drypoint in the pursed lips, stern gaze, and direct frontal pose reflective of his stoic demeanor at the end of World War I.
A small, biomorphically abstract sculpture of bronze grows from a wooden base. Bulbous at the bottom, the shape stretches and narrows in the middle and then expands into a larger shape from which two rounded points rise.
An example of Jean (Hans) Arp's interest in biomorphic abstraction. In its attention to basic, generic biomorphic shapes the piece is a kind of study of primordial organic forms, forms suggestive of all manner of life but not representing anything specifically.