Die Hölle (Hell): Der Hunger (Hunger)
© DACS 2004

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Die Hölle (Hell): Der Hunger (Hunger) 1919
In this print, Beckmann has depicted an interior scene. In comparison to the rest of the prints in the portfolio, this one is distinct by virtue of it being framed in black and quiet in mood. This helps to make it stand out from the chaotic scenes shown in the other prints. The scene was apparently inspired by a meagre meal of sardines that the artist shared with his son and relatives in Berlin. The shadowy figure in the background may refer to Christ, with the Lamb of God at his feet.

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Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

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Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2465 E
  • Medium Lithograph
  • Size 87.00 x 61.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1981