Thursday, January 31, 2008

Exile in Amsterdam

Max Beckmann was one of the most distinguished German artists of his time. That was until Hitler’s Nazi party labeled modern arts as socially and morally corrupt, and rounded up more than 600 of his paintings from museums and destroyed them. As a result, Beckmann fled Germany for Amsterdam, where he worked largely alone but created more than a third of his lifetime works. The Munich Pinakothek museum just completed a study of this period in his life – called Exile in Amsterdam - and the amazing works of art that resulted from it. He remained isolated in Amsterdam until the end of the war when he migrated to the US and tought for the last three years of his life.

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