Max Liebermann, ‘Study of a Tree Canopy | Studie einen Baumkrone’, 1928, Gilden's Art Gallery

MAX LIEBERMANN 1847-1935
1847 - Berlin - 1935 (German)

Title: Study of a Tree Canopy | Studie einen Baumkrone, 1928

Technique: Original Signed Pastel Drawing on Wove Paper

Size: 30 x 23 cm. / 11.8 x 9.1 in.

Additional Information: This pastel drawing is hand signed in pencil "MLiebermann" at the lower left corner.
It was realized in 1928.

Note: This work is part of a lengthy study undertaken by the artist from 1909 of the trees in his summer residence in Wannsee, southwest of Berlin. The top of the sheet shows the work came from one of the artist’s sketchbooks, likely used Im Freien [en plein air].

Provenance:
Private Collection, Berlin Germany
Private Collection, USA since 1947
Private Collection, Germany since 2008
The authenticity of this work has been kindly confirmed by Dr. Margreet Nouwen from the Max Liebermann Archive, Berlin.

Condition: Excellent condition. The pastel colours bright and fresh. A slight waviness to the sheet.

About Max Liebermann

A pioneering painter of common life, Max Liebermann is considered the foremost German impressionist and one of the most important figures of modern art. Liebermann’s early devotion to painting the everyday is exemplified by his first exhibited painting Women Plucking Geese (1872), which earned him the moniker the “disciple of the ugly” due to its stark contrast to the romanticized work that was popular in Germany at the time. Liebermann studied modern painting technique in France and the Netherlands, encountering both French impressionism and the work of The Hague School. These influences led to a departure from traditional modes and genres and inspired Liebermann to experiment with light and color, further detaching his art from concrete subject matter. The artist brought the concepts and techniques of impressionism to Germany, and his paintings on a wide range of subjects both commonplace and bourgeois occupy a lasting place in the artistic canon.

German, 1847-1935, Berlin, Germany

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