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Wed Jan 1, 2014, 04:29 PM

Self Portrait with a Cigarette.



Frankfort, 1923.

Max Beckmann, German, (b 1884-d 1950, NY)

At the Museum of Modern Art, NY

http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=79289

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Reply Self Portrait with a Cigarette. (Original post)
NNadir Jan 2014 OP
panader0 Jan 2014 #1
femmocrat Jan 2014 #2
NNadir Jan 2014 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2014 #3
NNadir Jan 2014 #4
panader0 Jan 2014 #6
rrneck Jan 2014 #7
NNadir Jan 2014 #8
panader0 Jan 2014 #9
NNadir Jan 2014 #10

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 05:06 PM

1. When I first clicked on this, the artist was not visible.

I thought you painted it and was astounded. Great painting. Thanks

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Response to panader0 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 06:20 PM

2. Same here!

I thought, wow, he's good! LOL

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Response to panader0 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 08:15 PM

5. Thanks. Truth be told, on the profoundest day of the profoundest period of my life...

...I couldn't possibly have approached the depths that Beckmann knew.

Were I an artist, any such self portrait of me would be silly by comparison.

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 07:10 PM

3. My dear NNadir!

Thank you for this wonderful portrait.

And I especially appreciate the attached explanation. This means I don't have to bother you with telling me about the painting.

Happy New Year!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 08:13 PM

4. It's never a bother, Peg. This weekend, I'm going to MOMA with my family to see the Magritte...

...exhibition, and I will surely visit this painting, as well as Beckmann's "Departure" triptych on the fifth floor.

I'll probably linger there a long time at "Departure," as I used to do when I was young and would go see Picasso's "Guernica" when it was at MOMA. (I understand why its gone, but I miss that painting enormously).

"Departure" is a worthy substitute.

I've been studying Beckmann for several years now, and he amazes me every time I see his work, but to see "Departure" "in the flesh" is incredible.

I should say that the MOMA curator's interpretation of this self portrait seems reasonable, but Beckmann himself was notoriously unwilling to "explain" his paintings, as was Picasso. Of Guernica, asked to explain the horse and the bull, Picasso said, "One is a picture of a horse, the other is a picture of a bull."

Asked to explain "Departure," Beckmann told the owner of the painting that if he needed an explanation, he should send the paintings back.

Beckmann is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, much underrated, often ignored, although appreciation of his stature is certainly rising.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 08:18 PM

6. Now I'm jealous. Never been to MOMA

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Response to panader0 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 1, 2014, 09:19 PM

7. +1 nt

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Response to panader0 (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 2, 2014, 08:01 AM

8. That's too bad....

I hope you will get the chance to go someday...

I was lucky, I guess, to grow up on Long Island, and after many years in California, to come back east to that sometimes maligned but mostly wonderful State of New Jersey.

If you get to New York, you will be in Art Heaven, and should definitely take in MOMA and the Met...the Guggenheim...the Neue Museum...

Regrettably I don't get to go as often as I would like, or as often as I did when I was young, but it is a privilege to live near that great city, New York.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 2, 2014, 08:56 AM

9. I spent the better part of a day at the Met

You'd need a week at least to see it all.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 2, 2014, 09:27 AM

10. At least a week...

...and what a great week that would be.

One of the great things that happened during my last visit was my son seeing Dali's crucifixion for the first time.

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