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...(...) Beckmanns self-portraits are more than autobiography, and it would be a mistake to see them in a narcissistic light. The theme of the self-portraits is a relentless attempt to scrutinise and define his own position: "All my life I have been trying to become some kind of self. I shall never give up the attempt and there is to be no whining for mercy and grace," wrote Beckmann in his diary on 4 May 1940. The same unswerving self-analysis is evident in the pictures and in the diaries, but it is not so much a scrutiny of his own existence as of the tragic entanglement of mankind, dependent on gods, sex and society. His own self is the medium for Beckmanns variations on the theme of human existence. True knowledge is gained via the route already known to antiquity - "Know thyself". In his 1938 London lecture "On my Painting", Beckmann declared: "Prior to existence a soul yearns to become a self. It is this self that I seek, in life as in art". (...) ...
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