• What is important to me in my work is the identity that is hidden behind so-called reality. I search for a bridge from the given present tot the invisible, rather as a famous cabalist once said, 'If you wish to grasp the invisible, penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible'.

    "On my painting". Max Beckmann's Speech during the exhibition 'Twentieth-Century German Art', London, July 21, 1938.