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Of Max Beckmann's nine triptychs, Blindman's Buff is the largest and arguably the most important. The work was painted during Beckmann's exile in Amsterdam between September 1944 and October 1945, under difficult wartime circumstances. In his journal, Beckmann refers to air raids and lack of food, coal, and electricity; in fact, much of the triptych was painted by candlelight. Since the MIA acquired it in 1955, Blindman's Buff has consistently ranked among the museum's top-five important artworks. Despite its controlled environment, the triptych has grown increasingly fragile, its structure instable and surface deteriorating.