In the summer of 2010 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen showed the Portrait of the Lütjens Family by the renowned twentieth-century painter Max Beckmann in an unique setting.
For the first time the work was to be seen together with three recently acquired drawings, also by the painter Max Beckmann. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam had lent another of his masterpieces, the self-portrait of Beckmann with his wife Quappi. This extraordinary presentation focused 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.