Max Beckmann

I thought we’d time warp back and look at the fascinating artist Max Beckmann (1884-1950). Beyond the fantastic work Beckmann made, he led an extremely interesting life. Beckman was the type of artist who refused to be labeled by a particular artistic movement. Though he was called an Expressionist artist, Beckmann himself never agreed to being one. Beckmann’s vision was drawn from his traumatic experiences during World War I. The effects of the trauma can be seen in his dark tones and distortions. Beckmann is well-known for his self-portraits and his struggle of how to define himself. Beckmann always followed his own path, and is renowned as artist who strived to create his own vision. During the late 1920s, Beckmann was quite the successful artist in the Weimar Republic. Unfortunately, his fame was fleeting with the rise of Adolf Hitler. Hitler disdained contemporary art and labeled Beckmann “a cultural Bolshevik.” In 1937, Beckmann had over 500 of his paintings, sculptures and prints confiscated by the Nazis. Many of his works were put on display in the notorious Degenerate Art Exhibit in Munich. He spent the next 10 years in exiled in Amsterdam and then moved to the United States shortly after the war. In the United States, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis and The Brooklyn Museum until his death in 1950. Max Beckmann’s work has been shown at Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Centre Pomidou, and Tate Museum since his death.


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