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Max Beckmann's Triptychs

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674497658

Publication Date: 01/01/1970

173 pages

9 color illustrations, 32 halftones

Belknap Press


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Over the last eighteen years of his life, Max Beckmann (1884–1950) composed nine allegorical triptychs in which he brought to fullest expression the themes that had possessed him for a lifetime. Perry Rathbone writes that Beckmann was “cryptic, even secretive, about the precise meaning of his triptychs, and they have baffled many admirers of his art.” With clarity and insight, Charles Kessler scrupulously analyzes the nine works, throwing new light on Beckmann’s complex vision and presenting, in effect, a guide to his entire opus. Focusing on Beckmann’s symbolic pictorial language, he identifies and interprets the images and explains their significance in the artist’s total scheme. He succeeds, according to Rathbone, in sorting out “the complex skein of Beckmann’s thought and emotional response to the modern world in admirable fashion.”

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