Portrait of Heinrich Simon by Max Beckmann
Art work details
- Original Title :
- Bildnis Heinrich Simon
- Year of production :
- Max Beckmann
- Medium :
- Original print, Lithograph
- Ink, Paper
- Dimensions :
- height: 58.5 cms; width: 40 cms
- Credit Line :
- Purchased from Mrs Margaret Fisher
- Copyright :
- © DACS 2013.
- Catalogue References:
- Glaser 198. Gallwitz 193. Hofmaier 224 B b.
- Associated Groups :
- Berliner Secession
- Lithograph, Weimar Republic, Portrait, Beckmann
Heinrich Simon was Editor-in-Chief of the Frankfurter Zeitung, a liberal and democratic newspaper free of party influence. The paper championed modern art, poetry and drama. In 1931, he said:
“It is good to remember that time in which the advocates of freedom, the advocates of a humane Germany, experienced hostility and persecution. It is good to remember that these persecutions did not cause them to surrender a single iota of their convictions…This newspaper has lived, to this day, on the belief in this other Germany of freedom and humanity.”
Beckmann’s portrait shows Simon with a penetrating gaze, cigarette in hand and dressed in a well-cut suit, perhaps about to address an editorial meeting. The large head and staring eyes stop just short of caricature, whilst energising the sitter.