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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Max Beckmann, German (Leipzig, Germany 1884 - 1950 New York, N.Y., USA)
Portrait of Zeretelli
Other Titles
Former Title: Portrait of the Russian Actor, Zeretelli
Alternate Title: Portrait of Zeretelli / The Dancer, Zeretelli / Zeretelli, the Dancer / Portrait of N. M. Zeretelli
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
sight: 140.34 x 95.89 cm (55 1/4 x 37 3/4 in.)
framed: 162.6 × 118.7 × 8.9 cm (64 × 46 3/4 × 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.l.: Beckmann F
Staatliche Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, Germany; removed from the collection by the National Socialist (Nazi) authorities, August 30, 1937; [Buchholz Gallery, Berlin]; [Buchholz Gallery, New York ( by 1939 - 1940)] sold; to Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., St. Louis MO (1940-1955), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1955.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Retrospective Exhibition of Beckmann, exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Mannheim, Germany, 1928), no. 105

Contemporary German Art, exh. cat., Institute of Modern Art (now Institute of Contemporary Art) (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 10

Max Beckmann, exh. cat., Arts Club of Chicago (Chicago, IL, 1942), no. 6

Libby Tannenbaum, "Beckmann: St. Louis Adopts the International Expressionist", Art News (May 1948), vol. XLVII, no. 3, pp. 20-22, p. 22

Perry T. Rathbone, "Midwest Internationals", Art News (October 1948), vol. XLVII, no. 6, pp. 20-21, 56-57, p. 21

Max Beckmann Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO, 1948), no. 16, pp. 31-32, reproduced p. 58

Charles Scott Chetham, Modern Painting, Drawing & Sculpture: Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1957), pp. 12-13, fig. 36, ill. (b/w) plate section

Charles Werner Haxthausen, ed., Deutsche Kunst des 20. jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1983), reproduced in b/w pl XI, 7, p. 215

Tobia Bezzola and Cornelia Homburg, Max Beckmann and Paris: Matisse Picasso Braque Léger Rouault, exh. cat., Taschen (Cologne, Germany, 1998), reproduced in color p. 55

Beckmann: Centre Pompidou, exh. cat., Editions du Centre Pompidou (Paris, France, 2002), p. 105, reproduced in b/w

Sean Rainbird, ed., Max Beckmann, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, 2003), pp. 146-147, 287, cat. no. 86, ill. (color)

Barbara Buenger, Of 'Truths Impossible to Put into Words.' Max Beckmann Contextualized, ed. Rose-Carol Washton Long and Maria Makela, Peter Lang (New York, 2009), pp. 184-190, fig. 49, ill.

Marjorie B. Cohn, Classic Modern: the Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2012), p. 194, fig. 9.4

Lynette Roth, Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage, exh. cat., ed. Kunsthalle Bremen and Museum Barberini, Prestel (Munich, London, New York, 2017), pp. 115, 211, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Retrospective Exhibition of Beckmann, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, 05/01/1928 - 05/31/1928

Contemporary German Art, Institute of Modern Art (now Institute of Contemporary Art), Boston, 11/02/1939 - 12/09/1939

20th Century Art, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 08/01/1941 - 09/30/1941

[Max Beckmann exhibition], Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, 01/02/1942 - 01/27/1942

Unidentified Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1947, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, 01/01/1947 - 12/31/1947

A St. Louis Private Collection, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 06/01/1947 - 11/01/1947

Max Beckmann Retrospective Exhibition, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 05/01/1948 - 05/31/1948; Busch-Reisinger Museum, 12/06/1948 - 01/07/1949

A Tribute to Curt Valentin, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/14/1955 - 02/14/1955

Unidentified Exhibition, Catherine Viviano Gallery, 1957, Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York, 09/01/1957 - 09/30/1957

Max Beckmann, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 10/01/1964 - 11/15/1964; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 12/14/1964 - 01/31/1965; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 03/12/1965 - 04/11/1965; Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, 05/10/1965 - 07/04/1965; Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 07/15/1965 - 09/09/1965; Tate Britain, London, 09/25/1965 - 11/08/1965

Works of Art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer Jr., City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/22/1968 - 03/17/1968

Works from the 20th Century Collection of the Busch-Reisinger, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/15/1980 - 09/01/1980; Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 09/23/1980 - 10/24/1980

Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts aus dem Busch-Reisinger Museum, Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/23/1982 - 01/16/1983; Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin 30, 02/10/1983 - 04/17/1983; Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 05/08/1983 - 06/26/1983

Max Beckmann: Die Frankfurter Jahre, Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Stadtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 11/21/1983 - 02/19/1984

Max Beckmann: Retrospective, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, 02/25/1984 - 04/22/1984; Nationalgalerie Berlin, 05/15/1984 - 07/29/1984; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 09/07/1984 - 11/04/1984; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 12/09/1984 - 02/03/1985

Hinter der Buhne (Backstage): Max Beckmann 1950, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, 07/20/1990 - 09/19/1990; Stadtische Galerie im Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, 10/10/1990 - 01/13/1991

Max Beckmann and Paris, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 02/02/1999 - 05/05/1999

Max Beckmann, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 06/25/2003 - 09/30/2003

32Q: 1500 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Expressionism-Interwar), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 10/22/2015

Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, 09/30/2017 - 02/04/2018; Museum Barberini, Potsdam, 02/23/2018 - 06/10/2018

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