Art: The Man with the Rainbow

Max Beckmann seemed to keep a rainbow of hot and cold colors in his pocket, undiminished by wanton use. His color sense made him a reputation as Germany's greatest living artist. Gallerygoers who saw Beckmann's new show in Manhattan last week went away dazzled—but depressed by what the colors clothed.

Beckmann is an "expressionist," which means that he paints not to make a pretty picture but to show what's on his mind. His mind, to judge by his paintings, is a riot—a gloomy riot of sadism and seduction, only occasionally quieted by the beauty...

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