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Max Beckmann

Leipzig 1884 - 1950 New York
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Max Beckmann is a key exponent of Expressionism and the Neue Sachlichkeit, also known as the New Objectivity.

The human condition is the central subject of Beckmann’s works, always approached with an intensity which gives them an emotional universality. He had a profound understanding of art history, greatly admiring and studying old master paintings. Beckmann is best known for his large allegorical works but also produced an exceptional body of portraits, still-lifes and landscapes.

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Top 3 auction prices

22,555,750 $
24,380,642 $
46,065,764 $


The sales are: Sotheby’s New York – 10 May 2001 lot 224, Grisebach GmbH 1 –Dec 2022 lot 19 (23,225,000 EUR), and Christie’s London – 27 Jun 2017 lot 11 (36,005,000 GBP).
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Books on Max Beckmann

Tobias G. Natter, ed., The Self-Portrait: From Schiele to Beckmann, exh. cat. New York, 2019.

Tomás Llorens Serra, Beckmann: Figures in Exhile, exh cat. Madrid, 2018.

Sabine Rewald, Max Beckmann in New York, exh. cat. New York, 2016.

Lynette Roth, Max Beckmann at the St Louis Art Museum: The Paintings, New York, 2015.

Bernhard M. Bürgi and Nina Peter (ed.), Max Beckmann: The Landscapes, exh. cat. Berlin, 2011.

Jutta Schütt, ed., Beckmann & America, exh. cat. Frankfurt, 2011.

Mayer Beckmann et al., Max Beckmann: The Watercolors and Pastels, Catalogue Raisonné of the works in color on paper, Cologne, 2006.

Sean Rainbird, Max Beckmann, exh. cat. London, 2003.

Tobia Bezzola, Cornelia Homburg, Max Beckmann and Paris: Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Rouault, exh. cat. St Louis, 1998.

Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, Judith C. Weiss eds., Max Beckmann: Retrospective, exh. cat. Munich, 1984.

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