Max Beckmann’s The Beginning

Max Beckmann's The Beginning

What’s the story behind Max Beckmann’s The Beginning?

– Chaos and control in the living room
– Puss in Boots takes one for the team
– Future fantasies behind a window

Government Bureau (1956) by George Tooker

Government-Bureau by George Tooker

Why does George Tooker’s painting Government Bureau creep me out?

– Anonymous features, faces and figures
– Porthole windows for communications
– Fluorescent lighting, beige carpet, and a grey void

Cathedrals of Art by Florine Stettheimer

Cathedrals of Art by Florine Stettheimer

What makes Cathedrals of Art by Florine Stettheimer such an iconic painting?

– Monster in the middle
– Stettheimer as cultural iconoclast
– Bouquets as trademark – an outsider inside

Black and Brown Blouse by Alex Katz

Black and brown blouse by Alex Katz

Why does the simple portrait Black and Brown Blouse by Alex Katz make me want to cry?

– Flat canvas full of feelings
– The unconscious pull of deep relationships
– A proprietary technique stays relevant

Joan of Arc (1879) by Jules Bastien-Lepage

Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-LePage

Why did Jules Bastien-Lepage paint Joan of Arc in 1879?

– 400 years later – Joan of Arc became a hero
– The 100 years war parallels the Franco-Prussian war
– A saint in the backyard … surrounded by angel messengers