Max Beckmann in New York

Max Beckmann in New York An up close and personal look at the life and work of a major th century artist The prominent German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann is known for allegorical autobiographical works tha

  • Title: Max Beckmann in New York
  • Author: Sabine Rewald
  • ISBN: 9781588396006
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An up close and personal look at the life and work of a major 20th century artist The prominent German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann 1884 1950 is known for 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 inAn up close and personal look at the life and work of a major 20th century artist The prominent German Expressionist painter Max Beckmann 1884 1950 is known for 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 color and shadow, figures and allusions in his work resulted in captivating narrative images Presenting a mesmerizing portrait of one of the 20th century s most enigmatic and challenging artists, 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 contextualizes his paintings and provides insight into his tumultuous life.

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    1. The best parts of the book are the reproductions of Beckmann's paintings. They are high-quality, and really pop off the page in all their strange, ugly beauty. Rewald does a decent job of laying out the artist's background. She explains his rise in Weimar Germany, subsequent suppression by the Nazis, and his final years in Amsterdam and the US. Unfortunately, her descriptions and interpretations are rather short, with little space given over to the artist's technique. His larger works, such as t [...]

    2. An interesting collection of paintings from one of the world's foremost artists of the 20th. Century.In my opinion he is up there with Picasso. His Expressionist paintings are dramatic and bold.Highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Yale University Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    3. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this is an excellent introduction and overview of German Expressionist artist Max Beckmann. It includes many high-quality illustrations, personal photos, biographical and historical detail and detailed notes for each of the featured works. Wonderful book for any art lover.

    4. Max Beckmann in New York, curated for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Sabine Rewald is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December, just before Christmas.A biography and an article written about Beckmann's wife and muse, Quappi, precede a series of whimsical and vertically stratified German Expressionist paintings created in the last two years of the artist's life. The vivid oiled colors, honest portraits, and daring use of angles keep the eye wanting more.

    5. Very nice selection of works by the celebrated German Expressionist. The exhibit seems intended to spotlight the paintings made during Beckmann's years in the US. But I must say I found the American paintings, with the exception of the baldy and scary The Town (City Night), to be tepid compared to the fever-dreams of Beckmann's pre-war European paintings.

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