Max Beckmann

1884 Born in Leipzig.

1900 Enrols at the Kunstschule in Weimar.

1906 Beckmann marries Minna Tube. Exhibits for the first time at the Berlin Secession.

1910 Becomes the youngest member of the committee of the Berlin Secession.

1914 At the outbreak of war Beckmann joins the medical corps and works as a hospital orderly.

1915 He is discharged from the army because of the deterioration of his mental health.

1917 Settles in Frankfurt am Main.

1925 Exhibits with the Neue Sachlichkeit movement in Mannheim. Divorces his first wife and marries Mathilde von Kaulbach. Appointed professor at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt.

1932 Begins work on the first of his triptychs.

1933 Declared a ‘degenerate’ artist by the Nazis; he is dismissed from his academic post and all works by him in museums are confiscated.

1937 Leaves Germany to live in Amsterdam.

1947 Moves to the USA.

1950 Dies in New York.


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Max Beckmann - Selected Works

1917 Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, St Louis, City Art Museum

1917 Descent from the Cross, New York, MOMA

1918–19 The Night, Düsseldorf, Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

1919 The Synagogue in Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Städelsches Kunstinstitut

1920 Carnival, London, Tate

1921 The Dream, St Louis, City Art Museum

1930 Self Portrait with Saxophone, Bremen, Kunsthalle

1932 Departure, New York, MOMA

1933 The Little Fish, Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1937 Self Portrait, Chicago, Art Institute

1937 The King, St Louis, City Art Museum

1945 Blindman’s Buff, Minneapolis Institute of Art

1950 Self Portrait with Blue Jacket, St Louis, City Art Museum

Max Beckmann - Featured Paintings

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