Monday, November 14, 2011

Max Monday

Max Beckmann - Die Landschaft, Cannes

Max Beckmann - Harbor by Bandol (Gray) and Palms

Max Beckmann - Beaulieu

Max Beckmann - Promenade des Anglais à Nice


Enbrethiliel said...


The palm trees are a bit scary in the first painting (because they don't look as if they're basking in tropical sunlight--a shockingly simple freaky effect), but they look happier and happier as I go through the other paintings.

Paul Stilwell said...

The first one is probably my favourite of the bunch. It has an eerie quality, doesn't it? It seems to have a sultry haze to it, in spite of the fact that the sun is making the palms cast shadows.

There was someone on the web talking about the same painting, and she referred to it as being like "a backstage" - or stage between sets, I can't quite remember.

It's just so vivid. And it looks like Beckmann clinched it with such ease.

But yes, the other ones are definitely happier. They don't look like they might be the settings for some strange occurrence. :)

Enbrethiliel said...


I think my sense of mild horror comes from having lived with palms all my life. I expect them to look more benign that those!

(Captcha is "balki"--because Perfect Strangers was funny.)

Paul Stilwell said...

There is a palm tree that one can grow here.

Nothing, to be sure, on yours though.