Max Beckmann in New York

Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket, 1950, oil on canvas, 55 1/8 × 36 inches (Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May, © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket, 1950, oil on canvas, 55 1/8 × 36 inches (Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May, © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)

Jennifer Samet reviews Max Beckmann in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on view through February 20, 2017.

Samet writes: "Clearly, what New York gave Beckmann was not superficial subject matter, but inspiration in the form of energy. His painterly style, developed and refined out of four decades of working, became bolder, his figures and forms more monumental, his use of black more prominent, his sense of space – compressed but never flattened – more self-assured."