Max Beckmann

1884–1950

In Tate Modern

In Tate Britain

Biography

Max Carl Friedrich Beckmann (February 12, 1884 – December 27, 1950) was a German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and writer. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit), an outgrowth of Expressionism that opposed its introverted emotionalism. Even when dealing with light subject matter like circus performers, Beckmann often had an undercurrent of moodiness or unease in his works. By the 1930s, his work became more explicit in its horrifying imagery and distorted forms with combination of brutal realism and social criticism, coinciding with the rise of nazism in Germany.

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Artworks

Artist as subject

Features

  • Art Term

    Secession

    The breaking away of younger and more radical artists from an existing academy or art group to form a new …

  • Essay

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    Leon Golub

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Sketches, letters, etc.

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