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Last Updated: Apr 04, 2018     Views: 113

Max Beckmann taught in the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis, between 1947-1949. He returned to campus in June 1950 to receive an honorary degree. A concise summary of his time in St. Louis is covered in the online exhibit, Art in Exile: Max Beckmann.

WUSTL Libraries' Special Collections holds a small amount of materials about Beckmann, including:

College of Art Records (WUA00056), 1875-2000 Series 1, Box 1

Folder 31: Faculty (Max Beckmann, Commencement at Washington University, 1950)
Folder 32: Faculty (Max Beckmann, Correspondence, 1947-1948)
Folder 34: Faculty (Max Beckmann, Publications about his work and life) (folder 1 of 3)

    Item 1: Beckman in America: Address by Frederick Simmerman (July 15, 1962)
    Item 2: Max Beckman, by Peter Selz
    Item 3: Max Beckman Drawing Sculpture, Carus Gallery (April 8 - May 10, 1975)
    Item 4: Max Beckman Triptieken, Stedlijk Musuem, Amsterdam (1981)

Folder 35: Faculty (Max Beckmann, Publications about his work and life) (folder 2 of 3)

    Item 1: Max Beckman Retrospective, St. Louis Art Museum (1984) inscribed to Mittens, from Quappi [Mathilde Q. Beckmann]

Folder 36: Faculty (Max Beckmann, Publications about his work and life) (folder 3 of 3)

    Item 1: Max Beckman, City Art Musuem of St. Louis, 1948 (2 copies)

Folder 37: Faculty (Max Beckmann) Book

    Item 1: Mein Leben mit Max Beckmann, by Mathilde Q. Beckmann (1983) inscribed to Mittens, bookplate of Max Kahn

Iris Murdoch Letters (VMF125)

Item 4: Murdoch to Mrs. Beckmann (widow of painter Max Beckmann), 1976: December 6

Office of Public Affairs, Biographical Faculty Files (WUA00306) Box B2

Folder: Beckmann, Max [a clipping/general information file, which has articles and press releases about coming to WUSTL and his time in St. Louis, along with some retrospective articles from after his death]

Office of Public Affairs, Assembly Series Lectures (WUA00063) Series 5: Assembly Series Lectures, 1990-1999

ASL96-30 Max Beckmann: The St. Louis Years, introduced by Paul Michael Lutzeler, November 25, 1996. Speaker: Stephan Reimertz; Sponsor/Event: Germanic Languages and Literatures Department Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall (Physical Description: cassette tape - original and cassette tape - copy.)



University Archives holds two original images of Max Beckman from his time on the WU campus: A portrait from 1949 showing his artwork in the background, and a 1950 image when he was given an honorary degree at commencement. Both are part of the Washington University Photographic Services Collection (WUA00059) Series 4: Photographs of People Affiliated with the University, Box B-1, Folder: Beckmann, Max. 

While at WUSTL Max and Mathilde Q. Beckmann lived in the Millbrook Square Apartments, a 4 building complex constructed in 1946 as faculty housing.  The apartments were remodeled and became student housing in 1981-82.  In 2006 the buildings were removed for the new student housing project “Village East” currently on the site.  University Archives holds exterior images of the Millbrook Apartments, but there are no known interior images.

Although Max Beckmann did have an art studio on campus, University Archives does not hold any photographs depicting this studio, and no known records have been located indicating the room number of this studio.   Records of the School of Fine Art indicate that most studio art courses were held in Bixby Hall. Exterior images of Bixby Hall are held by University Archives. 

Please contact Special Collections with any questions, or to consult the materials listed above.

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