Item description for Max Beckmann: Dream of Life by Tilman Osterwold Cornelia Homburg...
Description: "Art serves understanding, not entertainment," reads one of Max Beckmann's dictums. Beckmann's oeuvre, widely acknowledged to be some of the most significant German art of the twentieth century, contains a wealth of existential and contemporary historical convictions and questions. This representative selection of some 60 figurative paintings done between 1917 and the artist's death in 1950 unfolds the entire panorama of his career, from violent works reflecting the shock of war to pieces from his later years in New York, from the Cubism and Expressionism of his youth to the Symbolism of his later age. The Dream of Life sheds new light on the development of Beckmann's techniques, ideas and central themes: cabaret, music, the world of the theater, dreams and reality, sensual settings and the role of the female muse, as well as his unusual use of romantic visual motifs in landscapes and urban contexts. The authors focus on conceptual aspects of Beckmann's work which have heretofore been neglected.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.68" Width: 9.61" Height: 0.87" Weight: 2.78 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN 3775716955 ISBN13 9783775716956
Reviews - What do customers think about Max Beckmann: Dream of Life?
A new insight on a great artist Apr 21, 2007
This book is the catalogue for an exhibition held at the Zentrum Klee in Bern, Switzerland, in 2006. The idea of the exhibition, as pointed out in the beginning of the book, was to confront Beckmann's art to Klee's (the museum's Klee holdings are the largest in the world).This idea is not present here, since the catalogue is entirely centered on Beckmann, leaving Klee out.
It is a good survey of Beckmann's art, divided in several themes (Beckmann and music, Beckmann and the circus, Beckmann and women, Beckmann and nature...)and enables the reader to view some rarely seen aspects of the artist's oeuvre (I, for one, did not know he had painted still lives), as well as some of his celebrated self-portraits. One shortcoming, though: the quality of the illustrations could have been better.
Beckmann /Klee Jan 5, 2007
This is a very elegant book.first rate reproductions in color. The text type is easy on the eyes. This is a catalogue for an exhibition of Beckman in the new Klee museum in Berne Suisse.The locals were somewhat aghast at Beckmann coming to the Klee museum. The curators had no trouble seeing similarities in the two artists work. Both were fans of theater. Beckmann wrote some plays himself. He was interested in Shakespeare ,as well as the circus.The comparison/contrast of Klee-Beckmann is the first chapter of the book.Other chapters are about his interest in music. His love of the carnival and circus. The chronology in the back of the book goes into many details of the artist's career. He sought beautiful ,talented wealthy women to advance socially. After he married Quappi he was accepted into advanced social circles in Frankfurt.I have several books on Beckmann and one a book of his landscapes ,a catalogue of the show at the Forum gallery that I saw in Vienna has work that isn't in any other book. Beckmann's "A Dream Of Life" has a few landscapes that are new to me as well.This book is well worth the this site price.It isn't so big that you can't read it while in bed.So, many art books might look good on a cocktail table but , when you want to read it you need to go to a library table.Another feature I liked is the addition of Beckmann's reading list...with commentary about the books by Tilman Osterwold.