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Moon Landscape

Max Beckmann, German, (February 12, 1884–December 27, 1950)

Creation date: 1925
Creation place: Germany

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Earle W. Grant
Accession Number: 1972.6
State/Province: Hesse
Dimensions: 15 3/4 in. x 23 1/2 in. (40.01 cm x 59.69 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

Mrs. Samuel H. Waldstein, Brookline, Massachusetts ( - October 1944)

Benjamin and Robert Waldstein, Brookline, Massachusetts (October 1944 - March 1960)

Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California (1960 - November 2, 1960)

Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (March 1960 - 1960)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (November 2, 1960 - 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1972 - )

Label Copy

AF, 2021

Although associated primarily with chaotic scenes of post-war Berlin, Beckmann lived in Frankfurt from 1917. This painting depicts a view of the River Main, and the Dreikonigskirche (Three Kings Church), which the artist regularly viewed as he returned to the city from his studio every evening. In 1937, on the day that many of his paintings were included in the infamous “Degenerate Art” exhibition, Beckmann escaped Nazi Germany for Amsterdam, and managed to immigrate to the United States in 1947, where he taught in St. Louis and New York.


Although forever associated with scenes of postwar Berlin, Beckmann lived in Frankfurt from 1917 onward, and this is one of his many views of that city. It shows the River Main, with the Dreikönigskirche (the Three Kings Church) in the background and the Iron Footbridge at left. The view is one that Beckmann saw as he returned to the city from his studio every evening. Many of his landscapes from this period were painted over a period of days, but he worked on the Moon Landscape for three months, from August to October of 1925, trying to perfect the darkness of the moonlit sky.

Last Updated: 5/12/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Allegemeine Kunst~Ausstellung Glaspalast , 10/1/1926 - 10/31/1926

Choices from the Grant-Munger Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 4/13/1961 - 5/28/1961

Max Beckmann: The Years in Frankfurt , 11/1/1983 - 2/1/1984

Works of Max Beckmann , 10/21/1984 - 1/13/1985

The Human Beast: German Expressionism at The San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

The Human Beast San Diego Museum of Art , 7/21/2012 - 11/11/2012

German Expressionism San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Mary Stofflet. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 178, 210, Figure Number: 210

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 6, Figure Number: 8

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 99-100, no. 8

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 151, Figure Number: 151

Klaus Gallwitz, ed. Max Beckmann in Frankfurt Ausgabe Insel Verlag. Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1984
Page Number: 75, Figure Number: 75

I. Allegemeine Kunst~Ausstellung München 1926 im Glaspalast: Knorr & Hirth GmbH. München, Germany, 1926
Page Number: 75 no. 2014

Dr. James A. Clapp, Ph.D.. California Cityscapes San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1991
Page Number: 14, 15, Figure Number: 6

JAMA JAMA. December 9, 2009
Page Number: Cover, 2403

JAMA JAMA. December 9, 2009
Page Number: Cover, 2403

JAMA December 9, 2009
Page Number: Cover, 2403


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