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Beckmann: Exile Figures

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A retrospective of Max Beckmann's career from before the First World War to his years in exile from Germany, first in Amsterdam and then New York

This catalogue is published to accompany the exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, on Max Beckmann (1884 1950), one of Germany's leading 20th-century artists. 

Beckmann: Exile Figures brings together more than 60 of Beckmann’s works, including paintings, lithographs and sculptures and offers a full overview of Beckmann’s life and career, beginning with his years in Germany—from his first public recognition prior to World War I through the rise of National Socialism in the 1930s, when he was fired from his teaching position in Frankfurt and banned from exhibiting in public. After this, Beckmann went into self-imposed exile in Amsterdam and the United States, where he would live out the rest of his life. 

This book interprets the artist’s entire career through metaphors of exile, understood both literally and as the existential condition of modern man. Beckmann: Exile Figures examines several thematic strands of exile and alienation in the artist’s work: the loss of identity associated with the condition of exile; the modern city as the capital of exile; the parallels between exile and death; and the concept of the infinite, with its twin powers of seduction and alienation.
  • Author: Tomas Llorens
  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Date published: January 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-8417173227
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.1 cm

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