Max Beckmann was born in Leipzig in 1884. In 1900 he started studying at the art school in Weimar. In 1903 he moved to Paris and studied at the Académy Colarossi. Since 1904 Beckmann had lived in Berlin. His exhibitions in Germany were well received, especially with the Berlin Secession. In 1907 he became a member of the Berlin Secession. In 1925 he attended the Masterclass in the Städelschule Frankfurt. Already at the beginning of the 30ies he came into conflict with the Nazis. Beckmann was defamed as a degenerate artist and about 500 of his works were confiscated. For this reason Beckmann emigrated to Paris together with his wife, then to Amsterdam and finally to the United States. Then he started working as a lecturer at the Washington University Art School and later at the art school of the Brooklyn Museum at New York. In 1950 he died in New York. At the beginning of his artistic career his paintings were influenced by the impressionist style. From about 1916 onwards Beckmanns paintings got influenced by expressionism. He focused on the substantive statement, which, to him, was more important than the pictorial elements. The motifs are typical for that time: time-critical and ironic.