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