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Exhibition of Prints by German Expressionist Max Beckmann Announced at the Portland Museum of Art

PORTLAND, ME.- This spring, the Portland Museum of Art will feature an exhibition of the graphic work of Max Beckmann, one of the most significant German artists of the modern era. “Modernism and Masquerade: Max Beckmann (1884-1950)”, on view March 13 through May 23, 2010, will present approximately 40 prints from the Museum’s permanent collection and private collections. Focusing predominantly on Beckmann’s portraits, this exhibition will provide important insights into the artist whose powerful approach to the human condition continues to move and inspire viewers. The exhibition also highlights Beckmann’s treatment of scenes of both gaiety—the circus and theatre—and alienation. The exhibition will juxtapose masterpieces such as “Self-Portrait” (1911), a haunting lithograph in which the artist’s face emerges from darkness; and “Self-Portrait” (1922), a later woodcut which has the look of a R