Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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Max Beckmann, Das Leichenschauhaus (The Morgue), 1915, pointe-sèche, 25,7 x 35,7 cm.

© SESAM, Paris, 1998.

The death

83 - Max Beckmann

Stretcher-bearers and nurses place the bodies of those who had died from their wounds in coffins - a day-to-day scene that Beckmann knew well. The worst wounds were hidden under dressings. The bodies piled up. They had to work fast and it was no time for emotion or compassion whilst the mechanical administration of death was in operation.