Max Beckmann, ‘Dressing Room, plate 2 from the portfolio "Annual Fair"’, 1921, Saint Louis Art Museum

Neumann/Frumkin Collection, purchased with funds provided by the bequest of Morton D. May, by exchange, the bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn in honor of her father, David May, by exchange, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Museum Shop Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Crancer Jr., Phoebe and Mark Weil, The Sidney S. and Sadie Cohen Print Purchase Fund, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Farrell, the Julian and Hope Edison Print Fund, gift of George Rickey, by exchange, bequest of Helen K. Baer, by exchange, Suzanne and Jerry Sincoff, Museum Shop Fund, by exchange, gift of the Buchholz Gallery, by exchange, Museum Purchase, by exchange, Jerome F. and Judith Weiss Levy, bequest of Horace M. Swope, by exchange, and funds given by Fielding Lewis Holmes through the 1988 Art Enrichment Fund, by exchange


Image rights: © Max Beckmann / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

About Max Beckmann

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.

German, 1884-1950, Leipzig, Germany