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The Tempest

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Throughout his career Beckmann was attracted to mysterious allegories and complicated symbolism, and his works are often difficult to decode. With its swirl of ambiguous, nightmarish figures, this painting's exact subject remains something of a mystery. The ambiguity is reinforced by the fact...

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Inscription

Lower right: BecKman

Provenance

1958, by inheritance to artist's widow, Mrs. Max Beckmann (Mathilde Kaulbach), Frankfurt, Germany and St. Louis, MA; 1958, gift of Beckmann. (Accession date: January 9, 1958)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Max Beckmann

Copyright

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

1947–49

Dimensions

179.4 x 66 cm (70 5/8 x 26 in.)

Accession Number

58.24

Medium or Technique

Oil on paperboard mounted on plywood

Collections

Europe

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