Max Beckmann | the artist
The artist Max Beckmann
Born Feb 12 1884, Leipzig, Germany.
Died Dec 27 1950, Manhattan, USA.
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German expressionist painter and sculptor. He is exceptional for the self-portraits he painted throughout his life, their number and intensity rivalled only by Rembrandt and Picasso. For ten years, Beckmann lived in poverty in self-imposed exile in Amsterdam, failing in his desperate attempts to obtain a visa for the US. In 1944 the Germans attempted to draft him into the army, despite the fact that the sixty-year-old artist had suffered a heart attack. The works completed in his Amsterdam studio were even more powerful and intense than the ones of his master years in Frankfurt, and included several large triptychs, which stand as a summation of Beckmann’s art. After the war, Beckmann moved to America.
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Paris Society is Max Beckmanns portrait of émigrés, aristocrats, businessmen, and intellectuals engaged in disjointed festivity on the eve of the Third Reich. Beckmann painted the work on an invitation from the German embassy in Paris…
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Beckmann’s self-portrait is the headliner for a summer airing of the museum’s permanent collection of German and Austrian works from the beginning of the 20th century.