Sleeping Athlete (Schlafender Athlet)
This print is part of Max Beckmann’s portfolio Day and Dream, fifteen lithographs commissioned in early 1946, as a way to promote his art to an American audience. The contorted, exaggerated form of the sleeping male athlete—bulky, angular arms and legs, with scarcely any torso—is typical of German Expressionist figures.
Lithograph on wove paper
Image: 11 x 10 3/8 in. (27.9 x 26.4 cm)
Sheet: 15 3/4 x 11 13/16 in. (40 x 30 cm) (show scale)
Verso bottom left stamped: "Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y." (Lugt 307a)
Signed, "Beckmann" lower right corner in pencil
Lower left in graphite: "58/90"; lower center in graphite: "III."; lower right in graphite: "Beckmann"
Verso bottom left in graphite: "49.206-3"
Gift of Curt Valentin
This item is not on view
Max Beckmann (Leipzig, Germany, 1884–1950, New York, New York). Sleeping Athlete (Schlafender Athlet), 1946. Lithograph on wove paper, Image: 11 x 10 3/8 in. (27.9 x 26.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Curt Valentin, 49.206.3. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 49.206.3_PS9.jpg)
overall, 49.206.3_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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