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View through the Window of a Main River Landscape at Night

Artist Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)
Title View through the Window of a Main River Landscape at Night (Blick aus dem Fenster auf eine nächtliche Mainlandschaft)
Date 1918
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Image: 10 5/8 × 14 5/8 in. (27 × 37.1 cm)
Sheet: 10 5/8 × 14 5/8 in. (27 × 37.1 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 85.9.5

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1976, Indiana University Art Museum purchase from Lilly Jacobson, Beverly Hills, CA [1]

after 1960?–1976, Collection of Ernest (1899–1972) and Lilly Jacobson (1910–2000), Beverly Hills, CA [2]


[1] Although the drawing was officially accessioned into the museum’s collection in 1985 (after being rediscovered in storage), it was purchased by the museum in 1976 as part of a large acquisition of prints and drawings from Lilly Jacobson.

[2] Lilly Hirsch (née Kaufmann) fled Speyer, Germany with her first husband, Otto Hirsch (1901–1953) and their two young daughters in 1936; the family settled in Los Angeles, where she later married Ernest Jacobson in 1962. Jacobson was also a Jewish refugee from Germany. Whether either party was already collecting art prior to their arrival in the United States, or brought art with them to the United States, is unknown. Correspondence from 1972 between Lilly Jacobson and Klaus Gallwitz, director of the Badischer Kunstverein, suggests that the Jacobsons began collecting Beckmann’s work in the 1960s or early 1970s (letter from Gallwitz to Lilly Jacobson reprinted in Max Beckmann: Graphics, exh. cat., Tucson: Tucson Art Center, 1973).

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