Max Beckmann studied in Wiemar in 1900 and later left for Berlin. In 1906 he met the artist Edvard Munch and exhibited together with the Neue Sachlichkeit artists Otto Dix and George Grosz. He gave lessons at the Academy in Frankfurt until he was dismissed in 1933 by the Nazi regime and found himself subject to an exhibition prohibition. His work was declared 'entartet' (degenerate) and Beckmann felt obliged to flee to Amsterdam. Despite a difficult time in this city, he still produced one third of his work in this period. In 1947, Beckmann moved to New York where he died three years later.
Leipzig 1884 - New York 1950