The Night 1918-19
Oil on canvas133 x 154 cm
Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Photo © Walter Klein
© VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn/DACS 2002
In The Night (1918-19), Beckmann depicts the disturbing torture of a family. While it can be taken as referring to the contemporary situation, and the violent civil strife that followed the end of the war in Germany, it also expresses a universal sense of man's inhumanity to man.