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Max Beckmann papers, 1917-1954

Max Beckmann papers, 1917-1954
Usage Conditions Apply
Creator
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950
Subject
Beckmann, Mathilde Q.
Record number
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8879
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211064
AAA_collcode_beckmax
Place of publication, production, or execution
Other
Physical Description
1.4 linear feet
Access Note / Rights
Use of original papers requires an appointment is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary
The papers of painter and educator Max Beckmann measure 1.4 linear feet and date from 1917 to 1954. The collection documents Beckmann's art career in Germany as well as New York and includes biographical material, correspondence, printed material and photographs.
Biographical material consists of an art class student register, art organization membership card, bibliography, customs forms for a pet, exhibition price lists, and assorted travel identification documents.
Correspondence is with universities, museums, and galleries regarding teaching positions, lectures, exhibitions, and art sales. There are also numerous letters and telegrams with his wife Mathilde.
Printed material includes clippings, catalogs, postcards, and miscellany.
Photographs are of Max Beckmann, family, friends, exhibition installations, and houses. Most of the series consists of photographic prints, but there are also a few negatives. Many of the photographs are annotated in German.
Citation
Max Beckmann papers, 1917-1954. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms
The collection is available on microfilm reels 1213-1214, 1237, and 1340-1341. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the material on microfilm.
Location of Originals
REELS 1213-14; 1237: Originals returned to lender after microfilming.
Related Materials
Mathilde Q. Beckmann loaned materials for microfilming in 1977. Originals of loaned material; including ten personal diaries of Max Beckmann and three notebooks containing lists of works, sketches, and some daily entries of activities and observations; were returned to Mathilde Beckmann after microfilming and were not subsequently donated. Loaned material is available on reels 1213-1214 and 1237 but is not described in the container listing of this finding aid.
The Max Beckmann Archive in Munich, Germany also holds papers of Max Beckmann including correspondence, clippings, photographs and artifacts.
Biography Note
Max Beckmann (1884-1950) was a painter and educator who was born and educated in Germany and based in New York after World War II.
Language Note
REEL 1237, three notebooks, and REEL 1340-1341, letters from Mathilde: are in German.
Provenance
Mathilde Q. Beckmann, the artist's widow, loaned diaries and notebooks for microfilming in 1977 and these were subsequently all returned to her. The Max Beckmann papers and material listed in this finding aid were donated to the Archives of American Art by Mathilde Q. Beckmann in 1983.
Location Note
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Data Source
Archives of American Art
Theme
Diaries
Art Movements and Schools
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Audio - Visual