Best known for his extraordinary number of self-portraits, Beckmann received great critical acclaim throughout the years of the Weimar Republic, but his art was denounced by the Nazis and, upon Hitler’s ascension to power, rejected as degenerate art. Originally failing to gain a visa to the U.S. and painting in a studio in Amsterdam, Beckmann eventually emigrated after the war to New York. He died there in 1950.
Produced in 1918, ‘Café Music’ showcases Beckmann’s perceptive ability to depict ordinary scenes of everyday happenings in a way that emphasises the unrest that much of German society had and was still experiencing as a result of life in a time of war. Here people crowd a local café as a band of musical players entertains patrons. In what should be an image of recreation and amusement, characters instead are gaunt and tired: between the right-hand bowler-hatted man, his eyes sorrowful and sagging, and the fearful woman below him sits a figure whose jaw is angular, his forehead stretched, his face almost skeletal in a telling depiction of German society aware of its faltering war efforts and the strain put upon the country to support them.
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