Schwarz 308 III-i/IV (After the contour line of the background has been erased within the legs of the far right and left figures, but before the polishing stains have been removed). Most likely one of the edition of 75 on Butten, published by Fritz Gurlitt, Berlin. Signed in pencil lower right margin: "Lovis Corinth". A fine impression in fine condition, aside from minor marginal tears and handling creases, not extending to image. Sheet measures 19 3/4 X 15 5/8 inches. From the collection of Professor and Mrs. Daniel Bell, Cambridge, MA.
About Lovis Corinth
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.
German, 1858-1925, Gvardeysk, Russia