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Hope Family Portrait

Max Beckmann was an insightful portraitist, who instilled his subjects with psychological depth. Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1937, Beckmann settled in Amsterdam, and in 1947 immigrated to the United States, where he painted portraits of his many new American friends and patrons. Henry Hope, chair of Indiana University’s fine arts department, commissioned this portrait in 1950. The painting, which depicts Hope with his wife and children, contains more figures than any group portrait in Beckmann’s oeuvre, but it is typical of the artist’s multifigure compositions, with its vertical format, constricted space, and densely stacked figures.

Max Beckmann
German (also active in the Netherlands and United States), 1884–1950
Hope Family Portrait
1950
Oil on canvas
80 ¼ x 35 in. (203.8 x 88.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the Hope Family, 2002.73

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