Happy Birthday, Max Beckmann
“I believe that the reason why I love painting so much is that it forces one to be objective. There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.”
Max Beckmann (February 12, 1884 – December 27, 1950)
Max Beckmann lived in a time of conflict and fundamental change. His artwork is a brilliant reflection of this monumental transition. He voiced universal themes of the human experience: fate, eternity, redemption, fear, tragedy. He was a master of “selfies.” His self-portraits were as numerous as they were famous, rivaling the other “selfie” portrait artists, Picasso and Rembrandt.
So when we take our next selfie, let’s remember the legacy of Max Beckmann