Lovis Corinth  (German, 1858-1925) 

Lovis Corinth (German, 1858–1925) was a painter and printmaker associated with the Berlin Secession group of artists, and best known for portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes that display the qualities of Impressionist and Expressionist styles. In 1980, he began studying at the Münchener Kunstakademie with Ludwig von Löfftz (German, 1845–1910), who trained Corinth in academic Realism. He moved to Paris in 1884 to study at the Académie Julian, where he began painting female nudes in a non-idealized, realistic manner, different from the academic tradition. In his literary paintings, Corinth depicted religious, mythological, and historical subjects with exaggerated gestures that mocked academic seriousness. Inspired by the brushwork of Frans Hals the Elder (Dutch, 1580–1666) and Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Corinth painted a series of slaughterhouses, using light and thick pigment to give the carcasses a sensuality reminiscent of the nude. Corinth’s style gradually moved towards Expressionism as his palette became brighter, and his paint thicker. His self-portraits illustrate this transition; early portraits reflect his training in Academic Naturalism, while later work, such as Last Self-portrait(1925), breaks down naturalistic representation with uneven brushstrokes. Corinth also collaborated on theatrical productions, as a set and costume designer, and starting in the 1890s made engravings, lithographs, and watercolors as preparatory sketches or book illustrations. His work is currently held in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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Lovis Corinth, "Selbstbildnis, zeichnend" (Self-portrait, drawing)


Lovis Corinth
"Selbstbildnis, zeichnend" (Self-portrait, drawing)

Alice Adam Ltd.
Lovis Corinth, Weiblicher Studienkopf III


Lovis Corinth
Weiblicher Studienkopf III

Galerie Michael Haas
Lovis Corinth, Brandenburger Tor


Lovis Corinth
Brandenburger Tor
circa 1920

Galerie Michael Haas
Lovis Corinth, Blumenstilleben


Lovis Corinth

Galerie Michael Haas
Lovis Corinth, Hausecke


Lovis Corinth

Jörg Maass Kunsthandel
Lovis Corinth, Still Life of Flowers


Lovis Corinth
Still Life of Flowers

Le Claire Kunst
Lovis Corinth, Self-Portrait, Drawing


Lovis Corinth
Self-Portrait, Drawing

Galerie St. Etienne
Lovis Corinth, Pferdstall


Lovis Corinth

William McWillie Chambers III
Lovis Corinth, Self-Portrait


Lovis Corinth

Galerie St. Etienne
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Lovis Corinth, Bogenschutze


Lovis Corinth
Bogenschutze, 1919


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Lovis Corinth, Selbstbildnis mit Schlapphut


Lovis Corinth
Selbstbildnis mit Schlapphut, 1920


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Lovis Corinth, Selbstbildnis (from Bei den Corinthern)


Lovis Corinth
Selbstbildnis (from Bei den Corinthern), 1919


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1858   Born “Franz Heinrich Louis Corinth” in Tapiau (Gvardeysk), Province of Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia
1880   Continued his studies under Franz von Defregger and later under Ludwig Löfftz, Munich, Germany
1884 - 1887   Studied in Paris at the Academie Julian, Paris, France
1890   Won an honorable mention at the Paris Salon, Paris, France
1891   Became a founding member of the Munich 'Sezession', Munich, Germany
1901   Opened a painting school for women in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
1911   Elected chairman of the Berlin 'Sezession', Berlin, Germany
1913   Paul Cassirer became chairman of the Berlin 'Sezession' and organized a retrospective, exhibiting 228 oil paintings
1915   Elected president of the Berlin 'Sezession', Berlin, Germany
1917   'Akademie der Künste' in Berlin awarded him the title of Professor, Berlin, Germany
1918 - 1919   After a summer holiday at Urfeld on Lake Walchensee, Corinth acquired a property there and began to build his own house
1925   Travelled to Amsterdam to see works by Rembrandt and Frans Hals, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1925   Died in Zandvoort, Netherlands
2008   Lovis Corinth (1859-1925) Between Impressionism and Expressionism, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France (solo)
Lovis Corinth and the Birth of Modernity, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
2004 - 2005   I, Lovis Corinth. The self-portraits, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1996 - 1997   Lovis Corinth, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (solo)
1992   Lovis Corinth, Kunstforum Vienna, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925, National Academy of Design, New York, New York (solo)
1990   A retrospective, Galerie St. Etienne, New York, New York (solo)
1986   Die Bilder vom Walchensee. Vision und Realität, Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany (solo)
1959   Lovis Corinth, Tate Britain, London, England (solo)
1958   Lovis Corinth, 1858-1925: Anlass seines 100. Geburtstages, Kunstverein Hannover and other venues (solo)
1947   Paintings, drawings, prints, Galerie St. Etienne, New York (solo)
1939   Paintings from 1913-25, Westermann Gallery, New York (solo)
1913   Lovis Corinth: Ausstellung des Lebenswerkes, Berlin Secession, Berlin, Germany
2010    Husslein-Arco, Agnes and Stephan Koja. Lovis Corinth: A Feast of Painting (Masterpieces in Focus). USA: Prestel, 2010
1992    Albrecht, Klaus. Lovis Corinth. Germany: Te Neues Pub Group, 1992