October 30 – Lynette Roth

Daimler-Benz Associate Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum

“Max Beckmann and the ‘End’ of Neue Sachlichkeit

This talk will examine the work of Max Beckmann and the notion of Neue Sachlichkeit, typically translated as New Objectivity, in 1920s Germany. The artist, and his 1927 Self-Portrait in Tuxedo in particular, stand at the nexus of key debates at the time about painting, the painterly, and the post-expressionist rise and supposedly swift end of Neue Sachlichkeit.