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PRINT December 1964

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Peter Selz’s Max Beckmann

Peter Selz, Max Beckmann (New York: Museum of Modern Art), 1964. 160 pages, illustrated.

No painter, it seems, has dated as quickly as has Max Beckmann. The bluntness of his execution, the unabashed literary quality of his art, the profuse and enigmatic symbolism were the very qualities which younger generations of artists were finding least congenial. Dr. Peter Selz could not care less about who contemporary fashion does or does not cotton to, and has prepared his volume with the massive thoroughness we have come to expect of him, although often enough even he must retreat from one of Beckmann’s symbolic main dishes with a disconcerted mumble.

Philip Leider

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