Zwei damen am fenster (1928)- Portrait of Quappi with Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
Beckmann had a monograph published about him in 1924 and from then his fame increased enormously with eight of his paintings being exhibited at the Metropolitan museum in New York in 1931 and the German National Gallery in Berlin devoting a whole room to his work; a then unprecedented honour for a living artist.
Quappi in a pink jumper (1932)
The coming of the Nazis saw bad times for Beckmann; dismissed from his post at the School of the Städesches Art Institute in 1933 and his art being declared "degenerate" in 1937. He fled to Amsterdam only to find himself under Nazi occupation a few years later. In 1947 he received an offer from the Washington Art Schools in St Louis, moved to the US and never returned to Germany. He died in New York in 1950