Max Beckmann

Biography



1884
born February 12, 1884 in Leipzig, Germany

1900
Studies at the Großherzogliche-Sächsische-Kunstschule in Weimar with Otto Rasch and Frithjof Smith

1903
Stay in Paris

1904
Moves to Berlin

1906
Scholarship of the Deutscher Künstlerbund; Studies at Villa Romana, Florence
Marries Minna Tube

1907
Member of the Berlin Sezession

1909
Produces first graphic works

1910
Becomes an elected memeber of the directorate of the Berlin Sezession

1912
First solo exhibition at the  Kunstverein Magdeburg

1914 – 1916
Voluntary orderly in World War I

1916
Moves to Frankfurt on the Main (until 1932)

1925
Gets divorced from Minna, née Tube, Marries Mathilde
„Quappi“ von Kaulbach; teaches at the Frankfurter Städelschule

1928
Golden Medal of the town of Dusseldorf

1929
Prize of the city of Frankfurt

1932
Moves to Berlin
Begins work on his first Triptychon („Abfahrt“)

1933
His professorship is withdrawn

1937
Emigrates to Amsterdam
Beckmann's works are declared 'degenerate' by the Nazi party

1938
Meets Stephan Lackner in London
Makes a speech „Über meine Malerei“ on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition „Exhibition of 20th Century German Art“ at the New Burlington Galleries, London

1947/1948
Professorship at Washington University Art School in St. Louis

1948
Final emigration to the US, teaches at the Art School of the Brooklyn Museum, New York

1950
Receives the Conte-Volpi Prize of the  Biennal in Venice; Receives a honorary doctorate of  Washington University; After finishing his ninth Triptychon Max Beckmann dies December 27, 1950 in New York