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.
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.