Ben Uri collection

Sketches of Jozef Israëls

Artist information

Name Max Liebermann (1847-1935)

Born Berlin, Germany

Died Berlin, Germany

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Born in Berlin, Max Liebermann spent a formative period in Paris, then moved to Munich in 1878, before returning to Berlin in 1884. He became a leading figure in German Impressionism and was one of the founders of the Berlin Secession in 1889, of which he became the first President. A decade on, as one of the dominant figures in the German art scene, he was considered one of the establishment figures against whom the German Expressionists revolted. After the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933, Liebermann was obliged to resign as President of the Prussian Academy; he died two years later in 1935. In 1943, his wife, fearing Gestapo interrogation, committed suicide. In a chilling quirk of history, the Liebermann’s villa and studio at Wansee, a suburb of Berlin, was located next door to the house in which senior officials of the party gathered on 20 January 1942 to implement the Final Solution to 'the Jewish question'.

Object Details

Date 1912

Object type drawing

Medium pencil, pen and ink on paper

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 28.2 x 21.2 cm

Framed 29 x 35.5 cm

Signed (lower right) 'M. Liebermann' and inscribed

Acquisition purchased 1959

Accession number 1987-223

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