The primitive-looking Biblical figures in this drypoint print reflect Max Beckmann’s dark experience as a medical orderly in the First World War.

It is now regarded as a key image of his period of mental breakdown. Beckmann was later declared a ‘degenerate artist’ by the Nazi regime and emigrated first to Holland, and later to the USA.


Christie's London; Maas Berlin; Theobald Jennings Ltd. An Art Loss Register search has been carried out.

Hunterian Art Gallery

University Of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G12 8QQ
0141 330 4221

Opening times

Hunterian Art Gallery Tue–Sat 10am–​5pm, Sun 11am–​4pm. Last entry to Mackintosh House 4.15pm (3.15pm Sun).

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