Eine Szene im Theater der Unendlichkeit
Max Beckmanns Dramen und ihre Bedeutung für seine Bildrhetorik
1. Edition 2011
This monography focusses for the first time on “Das Hotel” und “Ebbi”, two plays written by the German artist Max Beckmann (1884-1950). The plays are read in close connection with the hermetic and highly individual pictorial language of Beckmann. Thus, links are found, that reach far beyond classical iconographic or historical contexts. The plays – documents of the key turn in Beckmanns art in the 20ies of the 20th century – can show the viewer and reader how Beckmanns specific pictorial method works. Beckmanns pictorial conception proves itself as a genuine modern semiotic game with polyvalent allocations of significants. With the means of an comparing and contextualizing analysis of the main categories of Beckmanns visual and textual world – mythos, theatrum mundi and allegory – a new light on the painters invidual pictorial rhetoric is shed.