What Keeps Me Coming Back to This Painting

Self-portrait with Red Scarf (1917) by Max Beckmann. Oil on canvas. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. Image source Wikimedia Commons

I have a print of this painting pinned onto my study wall. For a long time I’ve been trying to work out why I like it so much — and why I find myself coming back to it day after day.

The painting is called Self-portrait with Red Scarf and it was made in 1917 by the German…

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