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

12 Replies to “Happy Birthday, Max Beckmann”

    1. I still haven’t figured out how to take selfies, but it seems that it has become an international (and sometimes dangerous) pastime. I forgot that there were others before us that had the same idea, just not the technology – unless you were an artist. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. I agree!!! “Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make.” Max Beckmann


    1. Just learned it myself! What I also found interesting is that he was influenced by the imagery of medieval stained glass. I admire his use of colours.


    1. One of my goals this year is to discover artists that I never heard about. Well, I have found, to my great delight, that this project will keep me busy for several years! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  1. WOW! I love the picture and yours as well. So, this gentleman was one of the fathers of selfies. Good for him and others that started this unique way of painting.

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    1. According to Wikipedia, the first known selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839. And if you do a “Google” search on how many selfies are taken a day – the numbers are staggering and range from a million to millions. I must learn to use my “selfie-stick”!! 🙂


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