A monumentally stylized head of a woman. Her head is tilted slighty to the viewer's right. Her eyes, nose, and lips are large and almost mask-like. She appears to be wearing a hat of a modern style. Shading is executed with powerful parallel lines and cross-hatching. The year of the work's execution, 1916, appears in the lower right.
One from a nunber of woodcut prints from the time that he was convalescing after serving in the First World War. "Head of a Woman" also shows the artist's stylistic interest in the art of non-western cultures, especially their treatment of the human figure.
Print featuring the head of a Caucasian man with short dark hair. Text written along a diagonal in lower right.
Nikolai Zeretelli (also Tseretelli) was a Georgian actor who toured Europe with numerous modernist theatre productions in the twenties. Judging from the sly, sideways glance and the warm, wry smile that Max Beckmann gives the actor in this portrait, the artist must have found Zeretelli an intriguing character.
This lithograph shows Beckmann at the peak of his printmaking skills. Of the 374 prints that he created throughout his life, one third come from the brief period between 1922 and 1923. Always concerned with the representation of volume and mass in space, he achieves the desired effect here with delicate shading and a few fine lines that reveal his mastery of lithography.