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Beckmann, Max
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Beckmann, Max

(February 12, 1884, Leipzig – December 27, 1950, New York NY), German painter and graphic artist. When Beckmann went to the Eastern Front as a medical volunteer in 1914 he was already a well-known painter. The war, which he experienced at the Western Front in 1915, at first appeared to him as a magnificent natural spectacle, a “wonder” that he hoped would expand and enrich his artistic work: “My art is being fed here.” However, Beckmann’s reaction to the war changed: he became increa…

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Jürgens-Kirchhoff, Annegret, “Beckmann, Max”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 January 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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