Tiedemann, Anja. MAX BECKMANN: Die Gemalde. 2 volumes with around 1,200 pages including 706 color and 68 b&w plates. 4tos, cloth. Ahlen, Kaldewei Kulturstiftung, 2021.
Catalogue raisonné. Limited to 200 copies. Text in German with an English language supplement.
Beckmann painted 843 works of unique colourfulness during his lifetime. This new publication offers 706 large-format color illustrations and many additional full or double-page details in color. Only 68 works had to be presented in black and white because their location could not be determined despite intensive research. The remaining 69 paintings have been lost or destroyed and unfortunately were never photographed. The images are accompanied by verified, well-founded scholarship data: year of origin, place, material and technique, signature and entry into the list of paintings of the artist.
Excerpts from newly transcribed journals of the artist and the unpublished diaries of his wife Mathilde convey in-depth knowledge and a sense of the personal environment in which the works originated. These informative texts allow the experiences of reading and the viewing of images to complement one another, providing poignant insight into the living situation of the couple and ensure that the epochal work of the artist can be experienced. The painting lists of Max Beckmann, his personal catalogue raisonné, also contain a great deal of insightful information. They have been transcribed anew and are completely accessible for the first time. The QR codes assigned to the paintings lead to a digital catalogue.
The catalogue was created on the basis of the catalogue raisonné published in 1976 by Barbara and Erhard Göpel. Updated, corrected and supplemented by Anja Tiedemann, it is edited by the Kaldewei Kulturstiftung in cooperation with the Hamburger Kunsthalle and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen- Max Beckmann Archive, Munich.
Item nr. 169947