The Iron Footbridge, created by German Expressionist Max Beckmann in 1922, is a cityscape print that focuses on the eponymous iron footbridge connecting Frankfurt’s center to the Sachsenhausen district. This piece is part of a limited edition set of around 50 prints.
Beckmann was an important member of Die Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement and often incorporated himself into his narrative artworks. He lived in the Sachsenhausen district from 1915 to 1933, which may have influenced his choice of subject for this print.
The artwork showcases Beckmann’s Cubist style with its angular lines and geometric composition. The looming presence of the iron footbridge dominates the scene, while smaller details like people crossing it add depth and movement to the piece. The drypoint and etching technique used creates a sense of texture and density throughout the artwork.