Max Beckmann – Artwork & Bio of the German Painter

Max Beckmann was born on 12 February 1884 in Leipzig, Germany. Beckmann developed an early interest in art, often making sketches in class. After failing to enter the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Max enrolled at the Weimar-Saxon Grand Ducal Art Academy, studying under Carl Frithjof Smith and graduating with a diploma in 1902.

After WWI, Beckmann became one of the forerunners of the New Objectivity movement, using his art to address political and socio-economic issues in Germany. He exhibited widely in Europe and had his first exhibition in the United States in 1926. Before the start of WW2, Beckmann moved to Amsterdam, where he spent the later years of his life teaching.

He died of a heart attack on 27 December 1950 in New York, USA.

What was Max Beckmann Known For?

Max Beckmann was known for painting narrative scenes addressing economic, social, and political issues in post-war Germany. Beckmann’s one year in military service during the First World War impacted his decision to involve himself and his art in the troubling matters of the country. He used bright, expressive colors and stuck strictly to a narrative style in his famous oil paintings.

Who was Max Beckmann Influenced By?

Max Beckmann’s narrative and political art style was influenced by the aftermath of the Second World War. However, the teachings of Carl Smith, the dramatic methods of Vincent Van Gogh, and the philosophy of Friederich Nietzsche are evident in many of Beckmann’s paintings.

What Art Movement was Max Beckmann Associated With?

Max Beckmann was associated with Expressionism and New Objectivity Art Movements. Before associating with the New Objectivity movement, Beckmann worked in an Expressionist style following his study trips abroad.

Max Beckmann Artwork

Below are some of the artworks of Max Beckmann

Adam and Eve

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden

Family Picture


Portrait of Minna Beckmann-Tube

Seascape with poplars

Self-Portrait as a Nurse

Self-portrait in front of red curtain

Self-portrait with champagne glass

Self-Portrait with Red Scarf

Sinking of the Titanic

Small Landscape, Viareggio

The Descent from the Cross

The Dream

The Iron Bridge (View of Frankfurt)

All Max Beckmann Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Man And Woman 1932 Oil On Canvas
Galleria Umberto 1925 Oil On Canvas
The King 1934-37 Oil On Canvas
Self-portrait 1901 Drypoint
Rugby Players 1929 Oil On Canvas
Party In Paris 1931 (reworked 1947) Oil On Canvas
The Mill 1947 Oil On Canvas
The Iron Footbridge 1922 Oil On Canvas
Black Irises 1928 Oil On Canvas
Family Picture 1920 Oil On Canvas
Carnival: The Artist And His Wife 1925 Oil On Canvas
Still Life With Candles And Mirror 1930 Oil On Canvas
Brother And Sister 1933 Oil On Canvas
Blindman's Buff 1945 Oil On Canvas
Beginning 1949 Oil On Canvas
Released 1937 Oil On Canvas
North Sea I, With Thunderstorm 1937 Oil On Canvas
Outskirts Overlooking The Sea At Marseille 1937 Oil On Canvas
Portrait Of Stephan Lackner 1937-39 Oil On Canvas
Afternoon 1946 Oil On Canvas
Self-Portrait in Tuxedo 1927 Oil on Canvas
The Dream 1921 Oil on Canvas
The Descent from the Cross 1917 Oil on Canvas
Departure 1932 - 1935 Oil on Canvas
Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden 1923 Oil on Canvas
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery 1917 Oil on Canvas
The Acrobats 1939 Oil on Canvas
The Prodigal Son 1949 Oil on Canvas
Self-Portrait with Horn 1938 Oil on Canvas
Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket 1950 Oil on Canvas
Odysseus and Calypso 1943 Oil on Canvas
The Argonauts 1949 - 1950 Oil on Canvas
The Night 1918 Oil on Canvas
Columbine (Carnival Mask, Green, Violet and Pink) 1950 Oil on Canvas
Carnival 1943 Oil on Canvas
Birds' Hell 1938 Oil on Canvas
Temptation 1936 - 1937 Oil on Canvas
Self-Portrait with Saxophone 1930 Oil on Canvas
Artists with Vegetables 1943 Oil on Canvas
Journey on the Fish 1934 oil
Perseus 1940 - 1941 Oil on Canvas
The Actors 1942 Oil on Canvas

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