Often, very often, I am alone. My studio in Amsterdam, (Beckmann lived in the center of Amsterdam during World War 2.) an enormous old tobacco storeroom is again filled in my imagination with figures from the old days and from the new, like an ocean moved by storm and sun and always present in my thoughts. Then shapes become beings and seem comprehensible to me in the great void and uncertainty of the space which I call god.
Thick rumors of imminent peace are in the air.. ..Big spectacle with six or seven British tanks. In the afternoon, they played war once more at the Palaisplein (near Dam square in Amsterdam) and at the Rokin (street where Beckmann lived for 7 years – as a German under German occupation; The Netherlands was liberated by the Allies, 5 May 1945).max beckmann
And the evening of the big Vanity Fair arrived.. ..Perry Rathbone and innumerable people received me in enormous halls. The reporter shot pictures and Mrs Beckmann grinned – - o-la-La… …The whole story is a monumental caprice of my situation in Germany before the Nazi’s.max beckmann
Departure (also the title of a famous triptych painting, Beckmann made), yes departure from the illusion of life toward the essential things that wait behind appearance.. ..We must insist that Departure is not bound to a political trend, but is symbolic for all times.max beckmann
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