Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden (1923). Max Beckmann (German, Expressionism, 1884-1950). Oil on canvas. Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich.
Stephan Lackner writes: “The rhythm and sparkle of this picture are reminiscent of a Stravinsky tango. There is sarcasm, but also fun and fascination. Sharp dissonances are held together by an exhilarating beat.
The colors are iridescent like an oil film on a puddle, subtly indicating Beckmann’s social criticism of the upper crust. Changeable hues form an almost poisonous harmony evocative of the life-style of those years…”