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Max Beckmann : tradition as a problem in modern art
Belting, Hans.
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Max Beckmann. English
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New York : Timken Publishers, 1989.
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135 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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ND588.B37 B4513 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Belting's Max Beckmann is the most recent publication in English by a German art historian who is known primarily as the author of important works on Byzantine and Medieval painting as well as of a recent study in historiography, The End of the History of Art? (CH, Sep'87). Through a series of seven provocative chapters, Belting investigates Beckmann (1884-1950) as a conscious proponent of traditional figurative subjects--the nude, the self-portrait, history painting--within a modernist style, and at the same time argues convincingly against the prevailing attitude that regards Beckman as a realist and the view that sees him as an esoteric philosopher outside his works. The text is enhanced by a section of the artist's writings from 1924 to 1950; concise notes; a representative bibliography (which includes the 1984 major exhibition catalog, Max Beckmann: Retrospective, ed. by C. Schulz-Hoffmann and J.C. Weiss); 44 illustrations (including 4 color plates); and a fine preface by Peter Selz, himself the curator and author of a major retrospective of Beckmann's art in 1964 at the Museum of Modern Art. Belting's book does not compare with and, indeed, makes no attempt to compete with the nearly 500 pages and 300-plus works in the 1984 retrospective. Nevertheless, its many positive qualities, including the well-written text, the reasonable price, and the good binding, recommend it highly to collections emphasizing modern art. -J. Weidman, Oberlin College