met-beckmann-maskBlue in the Face: Born in Leipzig in 1884, schooled in Weimar and Paris, fleeing the Nazis for Holland and arriving in New York in 1949, one morning in late December 1950 Max Beckmann set out across Central Park to see his “Self-Portrait in Blue,” painted earlier that year and already on display in the Metropolitan Museum. He made it as far as 69th Street and Central Park West, where he suffered a fatal heart attack. With this rather morbid point of departure, the Met’s new exhibition, Max Beckmann in New York, running through February 20, culls 14 paintings created in that brief New York sojourn and 25 works from other U.S. collections, including, above: “Carnival Mask, Green, Violet, and Pink (Columbine),” 1950. Oil on canvas, 53 3/8 × 39 9/16 inches or 135.5 × 100.5 cm. (Framed: 61 3/8 × 47 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches or 155.9 × 121.3 × 4.4 cm.) Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May. SL.9.2016.24.2. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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