Max Beckmann, Begin the Beguine

One of my favorite artists after Munch is a German Expressionist, Max Beckmann (1884-1950), a painter, printmaker, and draftsman who did not consider himself an “Expressionist”. He was both prophetic and prolific, painting iconographic images about war, the Weimar Republic and the brutality of the Nazis.  Below, one of his lesser-known works, Begin the Beguine.


“My heart beats more for a rougher, commoner, more vulgar art…one that offers direct access to the terrible, the crude, the magnificent, the ordinary, the grotesque and the banal in life. An art that can always be right there for us, in the realest things of life.” -Max Beckmann

About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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