Paris Society, 1931, Oil on canvas, 43 x 69 1/8 inches (109.2 x 175.6 cm), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 70.1927, © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bon
Wednesday, January 27 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom or by Phone
Barbara (Suzy) Buenger
The talk will focus on Max Beckmann’s sardonic Society based on the March 1931 reception at the German Embassy in Paris that honored the opening of his first one-man exhibition in that city. The canvas was begun six years earlier, during the first flourishing of the Weimar Republic, as a depiction of Frankfurt high society at the moment Beckmann came to enjoy new professional and social prominence and prepared to marry an aristocrat. His painting is far more than just a satire of human interactions at the Paris reception; it reverberates with tensions of the world economic crisis and annus horribilis that uncoiled as he completed the work from June through late October 1931.
Barbara (Suzy) Buenger, PhD. (Columbia University) is Professor Emerita of art history at UW-Madison. An expert on German artist Max Beckmann (1884-1950), her decades of research and teaching focused on modern European artists, nineteenth-and twentieth-century German and Italian art, and modern women artists
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