Support: Sturdy weight wove paper
Sheet: 70 x 56 cm (27 9/16 x 22 1/16 in.); Image: 49.5 x 49.5 cm (19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2006.112
Catalogue raisonné: Hofmaier 277
State: II b/b
Group Portrait Eden Bar depicts the artist’s friends Elsita Lutz, an Argentinean singer who studied voice in Berlin, her husband Wilhelm, and Johanna Loeb clustered around a small table. Behind the figures are the truncated bodies of three double bass players. The close proximity of the figures and the eeriness of the headless musicians emphasizes the claustrophobic, oppressive atmosphere of the nightclub, which in 1919 was the site of the brutal murder of the Marxist political theorist Rosa Luxemburg.
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