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“The Night”

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“The Night”
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  Max Beckmann - Oil On Canvas - 133 x 153 cm - 1919 - Kunstsammlung Nordrhein - Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany)

For most of his creative life, Max Bechmann (German Expressionist artist) painted pictures on social, historical, and military subjects. The landmark is the painting "The Night", which depicts the attack of bandits on the family. The terrible faces of people and their unnatural poses make the audience shudder with horror. It is a very interesting technique in which the work was written and the color palette. These are mainly white and black inks, due to their contrast a feeling of sharpness and coarseness is created. In style, the picture is somewhat reminiscent of Cezanne - the same vertical lines, a similar manner of writing. Critics often compare “The Night” with “Transnonain Street, 1834” by Honore Daumier and “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso.

Three men appear to invade a small, cramped room, where they terrorize the scene. To the left, a man is hung by one of the intruders, and his arm twisted by another. A woman, seemingly the man's wife, is bound after having been raped. To the right, the child is about to be taken away by one of the intruders․

The subject matter is instantly chaotic, amplified by the artist's use of color and form. The painting is limited only to brown tones and vibrant red shades. Also, Beckmann mastered a form commonly associated with early 20th-century Fauvism artists such as Henri Matisse: the painting is compositionally flat and stilted, with no implementations of depth. For instance, though the woman appears at the forefront of the piece, she is bound to the room's back entrance. The artist deviated from conventional avant-garde, non-representational paintings such as Cubism and Dadaism. The sporadic interruptions of vibrant red and the painting's intrusive angularity serve to shock the viewer and animate the scene with chaos and energy.

A believable and disgusting scene of the triumph of evil is played here. This is again a prediction of historical events, which will be the antiheroes of those who "like beer with music" sings "Germany, Germany above all". And although the picture is written on the theme of a real incident — the attacks of gangsters on the family, it creates associations of a broad social and historical plan. No wonder why this work was created in 1918-1919 when Germany enters a very special period of its history. The painting is currently held in Rhineland-Westphalia Art Collection in Düsseldorf.

Unusual and stylish avant-garde paintings by artist Max Beckman (1884−1950) are very relevant in our time. Bright, with clear contours, a little cartoony, they fit perfectly into the fashion of the XXI century. But at the time Beckman worked, his art was called “degenerative”, which was very offensive. Degenerate art is a term from the Nazi vocabulary. With this term, Bechmann’s art was defined. His art was dangerous for the pure Aryan race. Anti-German, anti-classical, avant-garde, and Jewish-Bolshevik in one bottle. Hitler himself criticized such art in his book.


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