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"Throughout his career there are self-portraits. A brief count would list over 80 in all media. Not since Rembrandt, whom Beckmann admired all of his life, had any artist faced himself so often...Through them [self-portraits], we can not only discern the changing fortunes of the artist, his self-esteem, and the changing style or his production, but we can also discover some measure of genuine perception of himself, which can give a profound and often intimate revelation of his character...Like Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, and other old masters whom he admired, Beckmann changed and grew often. We often measure artists by the significance of their changes of style and subject, searching for that which may have meaning and profundity. In this century, other than Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne, it is only Beckmann who has grown and changed so much, with so much effect." (C. Schulz-Hofmann and J.C. Weiss, Max Beckmann Retrospective. The Saint Louis Art Museum and Prestel-Verlag, Munich: 1984, pp. 53-4.)