About this artwork

This print is probably the best known from the 'Hell' portfolio. The same scene was also painted by Beckmann shortly before starting work on these prints. It is certainly the most violent and horrific scene in the portfolio, showing the terror of a family attacked in their home. There is a sense of confusion, as it is difficult to determine exactly why the event is happening. In the bottom left corner we can see a howling dog, a reappearance from 'Der Nachhauseweg', one of the earlier prints in the series.

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Max Beckmann

Max Beckmann