Inhaling New York: The Always-Smoking German Modernist Max Beckmann Takes Refuge in New York
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Inhaling New York: The Always-Smoking German Modernist Max Beckmann Takes Refuge in New York

Max Beckmann, Paris Society, 1925/1931/1947, oil on canvas, 43 x 69⅛ inches. SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Max Beckmann in New York,” covering the Leipzig-born artist’s work from his later years in Germany, to his exile in Amsterdam, through his departure to St. Louis, and his death in New York, opens dramatically with a room full of intense self-portraits. The show features 14 paintings Beckmann made when he was living in New York between 1949 and 1950, and 25 works from 1920 to 1948 culled from New York collections. Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait with a Cigarette, 1923, oil on canvas, 23¾ x 15⅞ inches. THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, GIFT OF DR. AND MRS. F. H. HIRSCHLAND, 1956 Beckmann’s forthright and assertive self-portraits date from his early days in Florence, to his last year in New York. Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket (1950), which is at the center of the first room, presents the painter in an unfamiliar, if not slightly uncongenial, light. Unlike the other self-portraits in which Beckmann’s presence is strong, even overbearing, this painting shows him dressed in a loud tropical suit that hangs off his frame, looking a size […]

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