Impression from edition of 60 on laid paper. One of 19 prints from Beckmann's portfolio, "Gesichter" (Faces). Created in 1918. Published in 1919. In the print, 7 distorted figures occupy a very small space, yet each one seems to be independent of the other, as if they are alone in the room. The dramatic lines and exaggerated facial features demonstrate intense emotional distress, loneliness, and insanity-- a representation of how Beckmann viewed the world upon his return to Germany after World War I. "In upper left is added a bespectacled figure who [has] a hand on the shoulder of the patient before him, perhaps [he] is a hospital attendant... The right center male is transformed from a character symbolically depicted as a megalomaniac to one who, his face hidden in his hands, suffers from non-specified torment."-- Max Beckmann's Catalogue Raisonne??.
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