Born Berlin, Germany
Died Berlin, Germany
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 type print
Medium etching on paper
Unframed 22 x 29.3 cm
Framed 43.2 x 54.1 cm
Signed signed, bottom right: Max Liebermann
Acquisition Bequest by Stephanie Ellen Kohn in memory of her parents Franz and Margarethe Kohn (nee Schotlander) and her brother Ludwig who perished in the Holocaust
Accession number 1990-5
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