Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden (1923) by Max Beckmann

Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden - Max Beckmann - 1923

Artwork Information

TitleDancing Bar in Baden-Baden
ArtistMax Beckmann
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39 3/8 x 25 5/8 in.
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationBavarian State Painting Collections, Munich, Germany
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About Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden

Max Beckmann’s “Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden” is a painting that epitomizes the Expressionism style, created in 1923. The artwork showcases a hotel bar gathering in the town of Baden-Baden. According to Beckmann, the people he depicted are caricatures who have a cold brutality at their core. However, he couldn’t help but admire their haughty elegance and grand style. This contrarian attitude reflects one of Expressionism’s core characteristics.

Beckmann was a German writer, painter, sculptor, printmaker, and draftsman who created notable works such as “Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden.” The painting displays an explosive and dynamic atmosphere with bold brushstrokes and striking colors that further highlight Beckmann’s unique artistic vision.

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