Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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Max Beckmann, Der Kriegsausbruch (Declaration of War), 1914, drypoint, 19.8 x 24.8 cm.

© SESAM, Paris, 1998.

War declared

1 - Max Beckmann

Beckmann (1884-1950) was in Berlin and was in the street to see the joyful demonstrations and the nationalist fervour provoked by this news both in Berlin and in Paris. A group of passers-by learns the news. Their faces betray their mixed feelings ranging from exaltation to anguish. Thus begins the artist's war chronicle in the form of drawings and engravings in 1914 and 1915.