P.515 Hannes Beckmann “Shifting Centers (Yang Yin)”

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Hannes Beckmann "Shifting Centers (Yang Yin)"

Hannes Beckmann, signed l.l. with initials h.b and “Hannes Beckmann” written on verso of linen tacking edge, oil on linen, unlined,  in original frame, ca.1960’s, has original Boston Museum of Fine Arts labels attached on verso containing title and artist’s name.

SKU: P.515
DIMENSIONS: H: 60" x W: 60" (unframed) H: 62" x W: 62" (in original chrome frame)

Hannes Beckmann, 1909 – 1977
(German-American, 20th c.)

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, October 8, 1909, Hannes Beckmann studied at the Bauhuas, Dessau 1928 – 1932 with Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. In 1932, he went to Vienna and studied photography at Grapische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt for two years.  From 1934 to 1944, he was in Prague where he was director of a photographic studio. During the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Beckmann joined the resistance and was interned in a concentration camp in 1944 until the end of the war.

In 1948, with the assistance of Hilla Rebay, he came to the United States where he settled in New York. He was made head of the Photographic Department at the Guggenheim Museum.  After 1952, he taught Color and Design at the Cooper Union Art School in New York.  He was a visiting critic, Yale University, 1960 – 1961 and then taught at Dartmouth College, Visual Studies Program, 1970 – 1975.  Hannes Beckmann died July 19, 1977

His work can be found in many national and international collections, among them
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University
Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin
Newark Museum
Chase Manhattan Bank
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY

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