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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/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 these were subsequently all returned to her. The Max Beckmann papers and material listed in this finding aid were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mathilde Q. Beckmann in 1983.

Related Materials

The Max Beckmann Archive in Munich, Germany also holds papers of Max Beckmann including correspondence, clippings, photographs and artifacts.

Language Note

REEL 1237, three notebooks, and REEL 1340-1341, letters from Mathilde: are in German.

Location of Originals

  • REELS 1213-14; 1237: Originals returned to lender after microfilming.