This past week I checked out the Max Beckmann exhibit at the Met in New York. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen lately and highlighted seven of the German painter’s self portraits (he painted over 85 of them!).
Beckmann painted expressionist images of modern life. He held a great alienation of postwar society and usually portrayed life as theater or circus. Being an ardent painter of the figure, he mixed reality, dreams, the circus and myth into narrative paintings. Intense color and emotion as well as distortion and angularity are hallmarks of his work.
He was deeply affected by the war and fled Nazi Germany in 1937 to Amsterdam. He eventually immigrated to the United States in 1947 and after a stint in St. Louis to teach, spent his final years in New York City.
This show celebrates many of Beckmann's paintings done in New York. If you’re planning a visit to the city this is a must see exhibit!