Der Abend - Selbstbildnis mit Battenbergs. 1916. Etching. Hofmaier 90 II B b (of III D). Signed and inscribed "Mitternacht". One of 40 copies from the edition on this type of paper. On Japon. 23.7 x 17.6 cm (9.3 x 6.9 in). Sheet: 30 x 23,5 cm (11,8 x 9,2 in). Published by the Marées-Gesellschaft (with blindstamp). [EH].
In a letter to Reinhard Piper from 9 March, 1917 Max Beckmann wrote the following:".I thought you might be interested in my latest etching "Der Abend". I have a good proof of it.., in case you would like to use it in your book, I could send it to you immediately. The etching resembles my war etchings, but, similar to Bathseba, it has a latent erotic atmosphere and liklely is one of my best works." (Source: Hofmaier, Max Beckmann, Bern 1990, p. 239)