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Max Beckmann's Family Portrait - Focus on a Masterpiece

from June 19 2010 until September 26 2010

Max Beckmann Photo Maarten Laupman Photo Maarten Laupman Photo Maarten Laupman

This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing the Portrait of the Lütjens Family by the renowned twentieth-century painter Max Beckmann in a unique setting.

For the first time the work will be seen together with three recently acquired drawings, also by the painter Max Beckmann. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has lent another of his masterpieces, the self-portrait of Beckmann with his wife Quappi. This extraordinary presentation focuses on Beckmann’s years in the Netherlands.

This man-sized work was acquired by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in early 2009 thanks to a generous gesture by Lütjens’s heirs and multiple contributions. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen already owned a number of prints by Beckmann, but no paintings or drawings. The new acquisitions are an essential addition to the museum’s collection of classic modern works. The work by Beckmann is wholly in keeping with the selection of international Expressionist and Realist works by European artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Edward Munch, Franz Marc and Alexei Jawlensky.

Read here about the acquisition of the Portrait of the Lütjens Family by Max Beckmann. Watch a movie about the family here.