Max Beckmann – The Still Lives

Max Beckmann’s painting Southern Landscape with frutti di mare (Still Life with Fish) in the Hamburger Kunsthalle is in good, authentic condition; it has not yet needed either conservation or restoration treatment. An examination carried out recently by means of infrared reflectography has shown that the rather reserved painting, exhibited in the Beckmann room of the Kunsthalle, exhibits a special feature not visible to the naked eye.

This provides an occasion to consider Beckmann’s artistic procedure and his method of working.