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Creator Name: Beckmann, Max
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1884 - 1950
Creator Name-CRT: Max Beckmann
Title: Blind Man's Buff
Creation Start Date: 1945
Creation End Date: 1945
Creation Date: 1945
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: oil on canvas
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: H.81-1/4 x W.173 in. (overall)
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE; DATE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 55.27a-c
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winston
Copyright: ? Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / COPY-DAN, Copenhagen
Blindman's Buff is the most important of the five triptychs created by Max Beckmann while exiled in Holland between 1937-1947 - an exile necessitated by the Nazi's inclusion of ten of his works in their exhibition of "degenerate art" in 1937. Like much of his art, Blindman's Buff is allusive and symbolic, inviting explication yet resisting explicit interpretation. Yet, the artist's use of the three-paneled format that was traditional to Medieval and Renaissance altarpieces evokes religious associations. Beckmann also drew upon classical sources, calling the figures at center "the gods" and the animal-headed man the "minotaur." Throughout the triptych, figures engage in sensual pleasures in a place where time, represented by a clock without XII or I, has no beginning or end. In sharp contrast on each wing are the blindfolded man and kneeling woman who, like prayerful donors in a Renaissance altarpiece, turn their backs to the confusion behind them.
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AMICA ID: MIA_.55.27a-c
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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