Landscape with Snow (1888)

Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Max Beckmann

Happy Birthday Max Beckmann!! Born in East Germany in 1884, Beckmann studied art at Weimar School of Art. He was a painter, printmaker, draftsman, and sculptor. He toured Europe, especially impressed with Post-Impressionists, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Beckmann became an Expressionist after falling into a depression following World War I, where he served as a medical corpsman. Immediately following the war, his paintings were especially gruesome, gradually developing a more dreamlike almost surreal quality. Beckmann and his wife fled Germany in 1939 to Amsterdam, where he lived and worked for a decade, finally moving to the US, living here for 3 years before his death in 1950. The painting below is titled Family Group.

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