The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt) (1922; Frankfurt am Main, Germany) by Max Beckmann

The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt) - Max Beckmann - 1922; Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Artwork Information

TitleThe Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt)
ArtistMax Beckmann
Date1922; Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

About The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt)

The artwork “The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt)” is a notable piece created by Max Beckmann in 1922, during his time in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. This oil on canvas reflects the principles of Cubism, an art movement known for its use of abstracted forms and geometric shapes. It is classified as a cityscape, a genre that depicts the physical aspects of a city or urban area. This particular painting is part of the collection housed at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany.

“The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt)” offers a fragmented and dynamic view of an urban landscape intersected by the powerful geometric lines of a bridge. The composition is characterized by bold, intersecting lines and planes that suggest the structure of the iron bridge, creating a sense of depth and volume in the cityscape. The depiction of buildings is stylized; traditional perspective is abandoned in favor of a flattened picture plane, yet the essence of the city’s architecture is still discernible. The color palette is somewhat muted but includes bursts of warmer tones, contributing to the complexity and vibrancy of the scene.

Elements of daily life are embedded within this fractured vision of the city, such as the steam puffing from smokestacks and a horse-drawn cart in the foreground. There are also people depicted in various activities, integrated into the composition as part of the urban environment. Overall, the artwork encapsulates a modern city’s rhythm and energy, as perceived through the lens of Cubist sensibilities.

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