Beckmann showed only two orbs in this street-scene from Frankfurt but notice how they have brought all electrical activity to a standstill. The sky-trains are no longer running along their overhead wires while the nuclear-missile facility at the left is disabled with the missiles off-line and the blue canopy protecting the silo locked in its closed position. Also is that cat in the foreground sprouting wings??
Scientists do not fully understand the Electro-Magnetic Pulse weapon used by the orbs, but obviously it is some form of high-tech weaponised legume, possibly related to the Black-Eyed Beans from Venus (Van Vliet, 1972).
Beckmann was aware of the orbs right from the start of his artistic life, and they dominate this first self-portrait, painted in 1898 when he was only 15. Some people might see his wordless communion as a kind of acknowledgement of the orbs, as if Beckmann was somehow in their debt or had traded something with them in exchange for esoteric knowledge. I could not possibly comment.