Great Scene of Agony (1906) by Max Beckmann

Great Scene of Agony - Max Beckmann - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleGreat Scene of Agony
ArtistMax Beckmann
Dimensions141 x 131 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Great Scene of Agony

The artwork titled “Great Scene of Agony” is a piece created by artist Max Beckmann in 1906. This oil on canvas painting, measuring 141 by 131 centimeters, is classified as a genre painting and is an exemplar of the Expressionism movement. It currently resides in a private collection.

In the artwork, the viewer is presented with a scene rich in emotional intensity and expressionistic qualities. The vivid use of color and bold brushwork are characteristic of Beckmann’s style during this period, and they contribute to the overall sense of turmoil and emotional upheaval depicted in the scene. The subjects are portrayed in a manner that expresses a certain rawness and depth of feeling, which is heightened by the use of contrast and the dark, almost foreboding atmosphere. The rough, almost tactile quality of the paint application enhances the visceral impact of the scene. The human figures are rendered with distorted shapes and exaggerated features that are typical of the Expressionist intent to evoke emotional reaction rather than to represent reality in a literal sense. The engagement with the theme of human suffering and inner angst is clear, and the artwork stands as a powerful testament to the psychological explorations that many artists embarked upon during the early 20th century.

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