I have never really liked Max Beckmann’s work. I found it unskilled, childish, and uninventive. For years I would simply walk past this painting, paying it no mind. Working at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, I have found myself paying attention to works of art that I would have normally ignored. Subsequently, I have changed my perspective on many works of art; Beckmann’s piece included.
Although I still do not like his poor use of composition, I find Beckmann’s use of color enjoyable. The layers of color, dark over light over dark, is typical of the expressionists and still innovative today. Philosophically this work is a personal catharses and an escape from World War II.
“Blind Mans Buff”
1945, oil on canvas.
“I think only of objects: of a leg or an arm, of the wonderful sense of foreshortening, breaking through the plane, of the division of space, of the combination of straight lines in relation to curved ones.”
Pay attention to the content in this painting…
…it can surprise you.