Max Beckmann and Berlin
Though he is perhaps more commonly associated with the city of Frankfurt, where he held a teaching position until he was dismissed by the National Socialist regime, German painter and printmaker Max Beckmann (1884–1950) spent many formative years in Berlin. He lived in Berlin as a young artist during his Expressionist period, between 1904 and 1914, and again between 1933 and 1937. Even during his Frankfurt years, Beckmann often traveled to Berlin and remained an active presence in the Berlin art scene, which he had helped to establish. Max Beckmann and Berlin is the first publication to examine the importance of Berlin to Beckmann’s formation and work as an artist. In addition to presenting work Beckmann created while living in Berlin, this volume also includes pieces which reference the city in subject matter and works which were shown in major Berlin exhibitions.
This is the first time that Max Beckmann’s work has been examined in relation to Berlin, and its significance for his art. He lived there as a young artist, between 1904 and 1914, and again between 1933 and 1937, only emigrating to Amsterdam when the Nazis seized power. During his Frankfurt years, between 1915 and 1933, he often travelled to Berlin and was part of its Art Scene, which he helped to form.
This catalogue represents the latest research into Beckmann and features numerous important works of his, which were either created in Berlin, or are connected to the city through their Subject, or were shown in major Berlin exhibitions.
|Stefanie Heckmann, Thomas Köhler
|Barbara C. Buenger, Anna Maria Heckmann
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