Analysis Of Max Beckmann 's ' The Beginning '

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Contextual Analysis
Max Beckmann The Beginning (Fig.1) is an oil painting on canvas that measures 69x125-1/2 in. First titled "Childhood," the paintings meaning was based on Beckmann 's dreams and his past. He combined these into a dreamlike realm with an addition of imagination to create a relatable fairytale sequence. Using oil, brush and bright colors, he created three panels separated by bold white space. The left and right panel are the same size, unlike the middle which is much larger and contains more detail and various meanings. The three panels contained sex, innocence, and adolescence. Beckmann’s primary focus appears to be the various changes of a boy evolving into a man through a bizarre reality with imagery from his dreams.
During post-war his art begins to take on humorous details, which can be seen in the “Puss -in- Boots” character, which he detailed in his diary on April 1946. "I just had an absurd and unpleasant dream in which somehow a Puss-in-Boots played a role that made me mighty ridiculous". He was recognized as an “Expressionist” artist, which can be seen in his use of brushstrokes and bold color choices. The Beginning was one of his most autobiographical paintings out the 10 allegorical triptych paintings he created during 1932-1950.
Max Beckmann painted “The Beginning” in Saint Louis, dated from October 1946 to May 16, 1949. He took his time on each panel, October 1946 was the first draft of the piece. In 1947, he began teaching again…
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