Oil on panel, 13.4 x 17.7 in. (34 x 45 cm). Signed and dated upper left.
Catalogue raisonné Berend-Corinth/Hernad Nr. 97, illustrated p. 346
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Important painting by Lovis Corinth (Taipau/Ostpreußen 1858 - 1925 Zandvoort).
The mature work of Lovis Corinth (21 July 1858 – 17 July 1925) realized a synthesis of impressionism and expressionism.
Corinth studied in Paris and Munich, joined the Berlin Secession group, later succeeding Max Liebermann as the group's president.
His early work was naturalistic in approach. Corinth was initially antagonistic towards the expressionist movement, but after a stroke in 1911 his style loosened and took on many expressionistic qualities. His use of color became more vibrant, and he created portraits and landscapes of extraordinary vitality and power. Corinth's subject matter also included nudes and biblical scenes.
Corinth was born Franz Heinrich Louis on 21 July 1858 in Tapiau, in Prussia.
The son of a tanner, he displayed a talent for drawing as a child, and in 1876 he went to study painting in the academy of Königsberg.
In 1880 he attended the Academy of Fine Art in Munich, which rivaled Paris as the avant-garde art center in Europe at the time. There he was influenced by Courbet and the Barbizon school, through their interpretation by the Munich artists Wilhelm Leibl and Wilhelm Trübner.
Corinth then traveled to Antwerp and then Paris where he studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau at the Académie Julian.
He returned to Königsberg in 1888 when he adopted the name "Lovis Corinth".
In 1891, Corinth returned to Munich, but in 1892 he abandoned the Munich Academy and joined the first Sezession.
In 1894 he joined the Free Association, and in 1899 he participated in an exhibition organized by the Berlin Secession. These nine years in Munich were not his most productive, and he was perhaps better known for his ability to drink large amounts of red wine and champagne.
Corinth moved to Berlin in 1900, and had a one-man exhibition at a gallery owned by Paul Cassirer.
In 1902 at the age of 43, he opened a school of painting for women and married his first student, Charlotte Berend, some 20 years his junior. Charlotte was his youthful muse, his spiritual partner, and the mother of his two children. She had a profound influence on him, and family life became a major theme in his art.
In December 1911, he suffered a stroke, and was partially paralyzed on his left side. With the help of his wife, within a year he was painting again with his right hand. It was at this time that landscapes became a significant part of his oeuvre. These landscapes were set at the Walchensee, a lake in the Bavarian Alps where Corinth owned a house. Their lively picturing, in bright colors, tempt many to consider the Walchensee series as his best work.
From 1915–25, he served as President of the Berlin Secession.