Max Beckmann, ‘Self portrait as a clown’, 1921, ARS/Art Resource

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

Recent Acquisitions, Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Making Modern: Beckmann in America, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-68, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919–1933, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles