Art: Rough Power

An "expressionist," Max Beckmann painted only what he felt. Generally, he expressed the feeling that life is hot, dark, strange and rough. "I, too," he used to say, nodding his cliff like head, "am rough."

Last week a Manhattan gallery displayed Beckmann's last oils, including a triptych called The Argonauts, which he finished the day before he died (TIME, Jan. 8). The triptych is not so brutally full-blooded as his best, but its heavy-fleshed figures looming against a sunset world of hot & cold colors characterize both the man and his work.

Among the exhibition's...

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