Max Beckmann in New York - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Max Beckmann in New York

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'a focused examination of Beckmann’s time in New York' - Jean Marie Carey

Beckmann’s “Beginning” (1949

This beautifully illustrated book, published in conjunction with the 2016/7 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art takes an up close and personal look at the life and work of the prominent German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950).

Beckmann is known for his allegorical, autobiographical works that capture the doom and grotesquerie of World War I and the subsequent rise of Nazism. In 1937, under threat by the Nazi regime (which featured Beckmann's work prominently in the notorious "Degenerate Art" exhibition that year), he and his wife relocated, first to Amsterdam, then to St. Louis, and eventually to New York City, where Beckmann died less than one year later.

This revealing book focuses on the works produced during Beckmann's final years and other pieces by the artist now found in New York collections. Throughout his prolific career, Beckmann maintained a firm loyalty to representational painting, asserting his purpose to "get hold of the magic of reality and to transfer this reality into painting." The deft and subtle layers of colour and shadow, figures and allusions in his work resulted in captivating narrative images. Max Beckmann in New York features beautiful reproductions of Beckmann's remarkable artworks, accompanied by an engaging essay by acclaimed art historian Sabine Rewald that contextualises his paintings and provides insight into his tumultuous life.

  • Author: Sabine Rewald, Curator in the Modern and Contemporary Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1588396006
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.9 cm

'a focused examination of Beckmann’s time in New York'

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