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Max Beckmann: Exile in Amsterdam [Hardcover]

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Between 1937 and 1947, while he was in exile in Amsterdam, the German-born painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950) made approximately a third of the work he would create in his lifetime. When he moved on, it was to accept an appointment as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Before that peacetime respite, he countered Europe's threatening instability with intense concentration. Max Beckmann in Amsterdam opens with the last work he completed in Germany, a triptych titled Versuchung (Temptation), and dedicates the balance of its pages to the paintings and drawings from his years in Holland. These widely varied responses to his immediate historical and biographical situation show horror of developments in Nazi Germany and constant physical and mental tension created by his wartime surroundings. As a body of work, Beckmann's Amsterdam portfolio is not only of great importance in understanding his motivations and methods, and in itself a record of the most productive phase in his life, but also a critical examination of a crucial moment in twentieth-century history.

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.05" Width: 9.84" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   6.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   Hatje Cantz
ISBN  3775718389  
ISBN13  9783775718387  

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Ten crucial years in the life of Beckmann  Aug 20, 2007
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition held in Amsterdam and Munich, centered on the ten years the artist spent in exile in Amsterdam (1937-1947), after being banned by the nazi regime in Germany. Many of his best works (triptychs, self-portraits, portraits of his wife) were painted during that period.

Each work is wonderfully illustrated and an enlightening explanation is placed next to every illustration. This book is of great help in that it succeeds in deciphering some of Beckmann's most difficult paintings, as for example, the thriptych entitled "the Temptation of Saint Anthony", giving the roots and the sources that inspired the artist.

Also very well described in the essays in the beginning of the book, is the changing attitude of the artist in the face of the historical events that were tragically changing his life and his country at the time.

The book ends with photographs of all the places frequented by Beckmann during his stay in Amsterdam (his various homes, the grocery store where he used to shop...) and a very clear chronology placing Beckmann's life next to the historical events he went through.

Highly recommended.

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