Max Beckmann
German, 1884-1950
High auction record
£36m, Christie's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated,
Davis Museum
Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68,
Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
Making Modern: Beckmann in America,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Leading Modernist painter, printmaker, draftsman, and writer Max Beckmann began his career working in the traditional style but came to be linked with Expressionism, as well as the Neue Sachlichkeit's contemporary social criticism. Devoted to figuration, Beckmann repeatedly used the theater, circus, history, mythology, and religion as allegories for human tragedy. Among his many self-portraits is 1938's Self-Portrait With Horn, painted after he fled Nazi Germany. Typical of his work's intense color, emotion, and metaphysical quality, it shows the artist in a vivid orange and black gown with a deeply furrowed brow.

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