Originally produced as one of a series of drypoints in the portfolio Jahrmarkt or Fair.

This work is an incisive and striking self-portrait study. Both in an artistic and psychological sense, Beckmann has placed himself at the heart of the fair, characterising himself as Der Anrufer, or circus-crier, cynically inviting new audiences to sample the world of the fair with its seedy, violent undertones.

Provenance

Paul Beck collection, Germany.


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