Max Beckmann - Meeresstrand

Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
Meeresstrand, 1935
Oil on canvas
65 x 95.5 cm
Museum Ludwig Köln
Göpel 419
© ProLitteris, Zürich

Max Beckmann - Promenade des Anglais in Nizza

Max Beckmann (1884–1950)
Promenade des Anglais in Nizza, 1947
Oil on canvas
80.5 x 90.5 cm
Göpel 741
Museum Folkwang, Essen
© ProLitteris, Zürich

Max Beckmann's landscapes at Kunstmuseum Basel

An exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel shows seventy landscapes by Max Beckmann, one of the most important modernist painters, most famous for his self-portraits.

September 4, 2011 – January 22, 2012

Source: Kunstmuseum Basel /

Like many other German painters of the early 20th century, Max Beckmann is often classified as an Expressionist artist, although he rejected the term, considering himself to be the last Old Master.

"Famous as a painter of the human condition, [Beckmann] also renewed the genre of landscape", the Kunstmuseum Basel says in a press release. "Max Beckmann – The Landscapes" features seventy paintings which, according to the Museum, "allow the beholder to trace the development of his art in its purest form".

Highlights of the exhibition include "Meeresstrand" from the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, painted in 1935. "The Harbor of Genoa" (1927), on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum, is a quite dark and melancholic work, especially when compared with the later "Promenade des Anglais in Nizza" (1947).

The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue published by Hatje Cantz Verlag and with essays by Hans Belting, Eva Demski, Nina Peter, and Beatrice von Bormann.

"Max Beckmann – The Landscapes" is curated by Bernhard Mendes Bürgi and Nina Peter.

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Max Beckmann: self-portrait with a glass of champagne (from the "10 great self-portraits" series)

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