Max Beckmann: The World as a Stage
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Prestel (Dec 12 2017)
- Language: English
“As a showman inviting us to witness a panorama of human life”, writes Stephen Lackner in the introductory essay to Beckmann’s work, included in the 1938 exhibition Twentieth Century German Art. This phrase neatly sums up the approach that Beckmann makes in many of his more famous figurative paintings, using the figure dressed in costume, participating in scripted action, or posing for the viewer. His figures tend to occupy a shallow, interior spaces with outdoor scenes with visible horizons being the exception.
This exhibition catalogue for show held at Kunsthalle Bremen Museum from Sept 30 2017 to April 4 2018, is a well balanced book with interesting essays framing and contextualizing Beckmann’s work. This is contrasted with full page and double-page spread reproductions of the artists paintings. Included are many of his etchings and a few bronze sculptures-something even fans of Beckmann might not be familiar with.
posted April 22, 2018 by Peter D Harris