About this artwork

The name of this print is taken from a nightclub in Frankfurt-am-Main. However it does not seem as if any of the figures in this scene are particularly enjoying themselves. The rigid arms of the dancers make them look as if they are doing a military drill. This desperate seeking after pleasurable activities was one of the symptoms of the postwar collapse of the economy and government in Germany. The use of jagged diagonals make the scene look quite frenzied, while the dance floor seems to be collapsing into the centre, as if set on a sinking ship.

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Max Beckmann

Max Beckmann