Max Beckmann On My Painting

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Harry N. Abrams, Jun 1, 2003 - Art - 40 pages
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Max Beckmann (1884-1950) is widely regarded as one of the most important figurative painters of the last 100 years, and On My Painting is one of the key texts essential for understanding his work. Composed in 1938, it was read by Beckmann at the opening of the 20th-Century German Art exhibition in London, a riposte to the Degenerate Art exhibition that Hitler held to pillory the work of Beckmann and other figures of the avant-garde. In his lecture, Beckmann outlined his artistic as well as his moral and spiritual vision, providing a unique insight into his complex work.

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Max Beckmannwas born in Leipzig in 1884 to a family of farmers. He began his formal studies in 1900 at the Weimar Art Academy and moved to Paris soon after with his new wife. Drafted into World War I, he was deemed unfit to serve in the Second, and spent the war years in Germany, outlawed by Hitler from exhibiting his "degenerate" paintings. After the war, he came to America, taking up the post of Painter-in-Residence at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In the late 1940s he moved to Manhattan, where he died of a heart attack en route to see his work in a show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 27, 1950.

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