Hannes Beckmann (1909 - 1977)
Oil on canvas on board
18 x 18 inches
Initialed and dated at lower left:: h.b. 61.
Kanegis Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Private Collection, Florida
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, October 8, 1909. Beckmann studied at the Bauhuas, Dessau 1928 - 1932 with Paul Klee, Vassily 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.