The Estate of Prof. Victor Deutsch, Part III and Other Estates
Signed in pencil (lower left)
29.5 x 24 cm
Estate of Prof. Victor Deutsch
Paper slightly oxidized, otherwise good.
Max Liebermann (1847-1935) German painter. Born in Berlin in 1847. The son of a Jewish businessman from Berlin, Liebermann first studied law and philosophy, but later studied painting and drawing in Weimar in 1869, in Paris in 1872 and in Holland during 1876-77. Although residing and working for some time in Munich, he finally returned to Berlin in 1884 and worked there for the rest of his life. Together with Lovis Corinth and Max Slevog, Liebermann became an exponent of German Impressionism. He used his own inherited wealth to assemble an impressive collection of French Impressionist works. He later chose scenes of the Bourgeoisie, as well as aspects of his garden near Lake Wannsee, as motifs for his paintings. In Berlin, he became a famous painter of portraits; his work is especially close in spirit to Edouard Manet. From 1899 to 1911he led the premier avant-garde formation in Germany, the Berliner Secession. Beginning in 1920 he was president of the Prussian academy of arts. In 1932 he resigned when the academy decided to no longer exhibit works by Jewish artists. While watching the Nazis march through the Brandenburg Gate celebrating the takeover of Adolf Hitler, Leibermann was reported to have commented: "One cannot eat as much as one would like to vomit." On 30 April 2006, the Max Liebermann Society opened a permanent museum in the Liebermann family's house in Berlin-Wansee.