Born: 1884 (Leipzig, Germany)
Died: 1950

Throughout an incredible 45-year career, German painter Max Beckmann amassed more than 800 paintings and hundreds of prints and drawings. Unlike many others Beckmann did not succumb to the early 20th century zeitgeist of modernist movements, eschewing the abstract vogue of the period.
During the early years until 1914, Beckmann focused primarily on painting. Yet a brief stint as a medical volunteer during the war - curtailed by a nervous breakdown - brought about a radical change in style and technique, as well as a move into drawings and etchings. The 1930s marked another decisive turning point as the artist moved into watercolors, and it is this period upon which the exhibition focuses. Ephemeral images, such as The Rape of Europa and Ulysses and Siren are perfect examples of the new approach.
Towards the end of his life, the artist turned to pen-and-ink drawings, incorporating complicated combinations of gouache, charcoal and watercolors.