He had realized the portrait of a primordial woman in an unusual off-centered composition. Her eyes are too large and heavily made up as in the funeral portraits of the Fayum. The attitude is solemn. The angle of illumination leaves the face half in the shadows and reinforces the mystical illusion : it is recommended to raise this little image above a candle.
The entourage of Beckmann is not mistaken. The title is found : Die Ägypterin, the Egyptian. The artist has met his Nefertiti. This famous name meant "beauty has come".
This oil on canvas 60 x 30 cm is immediately bought by a friend who will later start the catalogue raisonné of Beckmann. The list is finished by his widow and this painting now comes from her estate, 76 years after the original acquisition. It is estimated € 1.5M for sale by Grisebach in Berlin on May 31, lot 20. Here is the link to the website of the auction house.
This theme born of a hallucination pleased the artist. Italienerin is very similar excepted for the light that is flat. This 55 x 22 cm oil on canvas painted in 1946 was sold for £ 1.15M including premium by Christie's on June 23, 2010 over a lower estimate of £ 400K.
SOLD for € 4.7M before fees