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Max Beckmann

German, 1884–1950

Introduction

Source: Oxford University Press

German painter, draughtsman, printmaker and teacher. He was one of the most important German painters of the 20th century. He was initially influenced by traditional styles, but during World War I he rejected perspective and classical proportion in favour of a more expressive objective art. He was persecuted by the Nazis in the 1930s but continued to work, painting his celebrated secular triptychs in the late 1930s and the 1940s.

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Works by Max Beckmann

  • Not on view Max Beckmann. Orpheus before Pluto and Proserpina (Orpheus vor Pluto und Proserpina) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
    Max Beckmann
    Orpheus before Pluto and Proserpina (Orpheus vor...
    (1909)
    Max Beckmann. Orpheus before Pluto and Proserpina (Orpheus vor Pluto und Proserpina) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. The Departure of Orpheus from his Mother (Abschied Orpheus' von der Mutter) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
    Max Beckmann
    The Departure of Orpheus from his Mother (Abschied...
    (1909)
    Max Beckmann. The Departure of Orpheus from his Mother (Abschied Orpheus' von der Mutter) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. Orpheus at the Shore II (Orpheus am Meer II) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
    Max Beckmann
    Orpheus at the Shore II (Orpheus am Meer II)...
    (1909)
    Max Beckmann. Orpheus at the Shore II (Orpheus am Meer II) from the illustrated book Eurydikes Wiederkehr, Drei Gesänge (The Return of Eurydice, Three Cantos). (1909)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis). (1911)
    Max Beckmann
    Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis)
    (1911)
    Max Beckmann. Self-Portrait (Selbstbildnis). (1911)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. Christ in the Desert (Large Figure) (Christus in der Wüste [Grosse Figur])  from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
    Max Beckmann
    Christ in the Desert (Large Figure) (Christus in...
    (1911)
    Max Beckmann. Christ in the Desert (Large Figure) (Christus in der Wüste [Grosse Figur])  from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. The Baptism of Christ (Taufe Christi) from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
    Max Beckmann
    The Baptism of Christ (Taufe Christi) from...
    (1911)
    Max Beckmann. The Baptism of Christ (Taufe Christi) from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
  • Not on view Max Beckmann. Christ and the Sinner (Christus und die Sünderin) from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
    Max Beckmann
    Christ and the Sinner (Christus und die...
    (1911)
    Max Beckmann. Christ and the Sinner (Christus und die Sünderin) from Six Lithographs to the New Testament (Sechs Lithographien zum Neuen Testament). (1911)
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