Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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  83-Beckmann

Max Beckmann, Das Leichenschauhaus (The Morgue), 1915, pointe-sèche, 25,7 x 35,7 cm.

© SESAM, Paris, 1998.

 
The death
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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.