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Max Beckmann papers, 1917-1954

Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950

Art teacher, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and educator Max Beckmann measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1917 to 1954. The collection documents Beckmann's art career in Germany as well as New York and includes biographical material, correspondence, printed material and photographs.
Biographical material consists of an art class student register, art organization membership card, bibliography, customs forms for a pet, exhibition price lists, and assorted travel identification documents.
Correspondence is with universities, museums and galleries regarding teaching positions, lectures, exhibitions and art sales. There are also numerous letters and telegrams with his wife Mathilde.
Printed material includes clippings, catalogs, postcards, and miscellany.
Photographs are of Max Beckmann, family, friends, exhibition installations, and houses. Most of the series consists of photographic prints, but there are also a few negatives. Many of the photographs are annotated in German.

Biographical/Historical Note

Max Beckmann (1884-1950) was a painter and educator who was born and educated in Germany and based in New York after World War II.


Mathilde Q. Beckmann, the artist's widow, loaned diaries and notebooks for microfilming in 1977 and donated additional material in 1983.

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Language Note

The collection is in English, French and German.