The Max Beckmann Archive, originally part of the first Max Beckmann Gesellschaft, is devoted to one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The Archive’s chief aim is to collect any objects or information that shed light on the various facets of Max Beckmann’s life and work. The Archive also contributes to research on the artist by issuing publications, mounting exhibitions, and organizing series of lectures. It documents systematically all the material in its possession, including autographs, newspaper cuttings, and photographs, and makes them available to the public for research purposes.
Makes many drawings and prints of war subjects and writes the Briefe im Kriege (Letters in Wartime)
Creates series of prints on war subjects and on city life after the war. The theater, circus, cabaret, and fairs become important themes of his art. Travels widely in Italy and stays for long periods in Paris
Gradually becomes one of Germany’s best known and most successful painters
Life becomes increasingly difficult after the outbreak of World War II in 1939. German troops occupy the Netherlands
Beckmann is extremely productive, creating further triptychs and such other major works as the illustrations to the Apocalypse and to Faust, Part Two