|born on||12 February 1884|
|Place||Leipzig, Germany, 51n19, 12e20|
|Timezone||LMT m12e20 (is local mean time)|
German-Jewish artist, an expressionist painter who left
Nazi Germany after Hitler branded him and a group of other artists "degenerate." Persecuted by the Nazis- who termed virtually all modern art as "degenerate" or "Jewish"- Max Beckmann fled to the Netherlands in 1937.
Before the Nazis came to power he was one of Germany's most acclaimed artists. The Nazis confiscated hundreds of Beckmann's paintings, and destroyed many of them. Many of the Degenerate artists never recovered
their creative powers after the persecution, but
Beckmann went on to work creatively and prolifically abroad.
One of his works, "Matrose," is a painting of a sailor reading a radical socialist newspaper and is considered typical of Beckmann's work. Put up for auction in 7/2001, it is expected to fetch up to 8 million pounds.
David Crook quotes BBC news on the web, ACT 7/2001
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)