Max Beckmann’s painting “Galleria Umberto” is an Expressionist genre painting that was created in 1925 as a tribute to the Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico. Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1884, Beckmann was well-known for his vivid and emotional artwork that reflected the events of his time.
The painting is a mysterious dreamlike cityscape that depicts an empty Galleria Umberto, a popular shopping center in Naples. The painting uses vibrant colors and abstract imagery to create an atmosphere of unease and tension. It captures the emptiness of city life while also exploring themes of isolation and loneliness.
Currently housed in Manhattan’s Neue Galerie, “Galleria Umberto” is part of a loan retrospective centered around Beckmann’s visit to London in 1938. The painting can be purchased as reproductions in various forms such as print or canvas.