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The Beggars; plate 7 of Berliner Reise

Die Bettler

Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hofmaier 219 B; G. 188, Pl. 7


Image (irregular): 46.8 x 33.5 cm (18 7/16 x 13 3/16 in.) Sheet: 67.6 x 53.3 cm (26 5/8 x 21 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Lower right, signed in graphite pencil: Beckmann
Lower left in graphite pencil: 9/100




Recto, stamped in red ink -- mark of the Graphische Sammlung der Kunsthütte der Chemnitz


Graphische Sammlung, Kunsthütte Chemnitz, Germany; August 19, 1937, removed from Chemnitz and taken by the Nazi propaganda ministry to Berlin [see note 1]; probably transferred to Schloss Niederschönhausen, near Berlin, and on March 21, 1941, sold to Hildebrand Gurlitt (b. 1895 - d. 1956), Hamburg [see note 2]. 1965, sold by the Weyhe Gallery, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1965)

[1] Between August and October 1937, works of art that were identified as "degenerate"--in particular, avant-garde or abstract modern paintings, works on paper, and sculptures--were removed from German public collections. The Nazi propaganda ministry took charge of these works of art, eventually selling or trading many of them, and destroying others. The group of prints making up the portfolio "Berliner Reise" (MFA accession nos. 65.1323 - 65.1332) is listed among the works of art by Beckmann taken from the collection of the Kunsthütte Chemnitz (Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, " 'Entartete' Kunst," typescript inventory, 1942 [?], n. p., no. 10215, as "Mappe: Berlin, 1922"). The verso of each print bears a stamp from the Kunsthütte Chemnitz and the portfolio cover bears the number 10215.

[2] Many works of "degenerate" art that were considered marketable were taken to the Schloss Niederschönhausen to be sold for foreign currency. Four dealers were appointed to sell the art at Niederschönhausen, including Hildebrand Gurlitt. The " 'Entartete' Kunst" inventory (as above, n. 1) notes that Beckmann's portfolio was sold to Gurlitt. The date of the sale is taken from the database of the Beschlagnahmeinventar "Entartete Kunst", "Degenerate Art" Research Center, Freie Universität, Berlin (, EK no. 10215.

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund


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