Lovis Corinth
German, 1858-1925
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
The Nude in Print,
Childs Gallery
Told and Retold: Myth through the Ages,
Childs Gallery
Modern Masters: Degenerate Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern,
Kunstmuseum Bern

A leading figure of the Berlin Secession, Lovis Corinth worked as a painter, printmaker, and draftsman, bridging the stylistic gap between impressionism and German expressionism with naturalism as a common thread. Best known for his portraits and landscape paintings, Corinth favored themes of love, sexuality, and death. While Corinth sought to capture the body’s fleshy nature and exaggerated gestures in his portraits, his landscapes are more traditional and emphasize overall compositional balance. After a stroke left him partially paralyzed in 1911, Corinth’s brushstrokes grew vigorously uninhibited, echoing the work of Dutch painters Frans Hals and Rembrandt. Corinth’s self-portraits, created as a means of stylistic and allegorical exploration, also grew more cerebral in his later years.

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