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Detail view, Lovis Corinth, Selbstportrait am Walchensee, 1922, oil on wood
Detail view, Lovis Corinth, Selbstportrait am Walchensee, 1922, oil on wood

Already known during his lifetime for his captivating work and character, Lovis Corinth is today considered one of the most important artists of Modernism. Committed to the artistic aspiration of Realism, his work, however, resists classification in the traditional art canon. With regard to a relatively long academic education, his late work bears witness to an increased virtuosity and autonomy in his use of colour and composition. In his œuvre, Corinth almost exemplifies the paradigm shift in 20th century art from representation to creation and continues to inspire generations of artists until today.

Born in 1858 in Tapiau (today Gvardejsk/Russia) in East Prussia, Lovis (Franz Heinrich Louis) Corinth receives the support of his father from an early age in his plans to become a painter. In 1867 he begins his studies at the art academy in Königsberg. Corinth joins the class of the genre painter Otto Günther, who introduces him to plein air painting and eventually recommends him to the Munich Art Academy, where Corinth continues his studies from 1880. In 1884 he first apprentices with Paul Eugène Gorge for a three-month study visit in Antwerp with and then enrols at the private Academie Julien in Paris.

After his father's death, Corinth moves back to Munich and begins to study the technique of etching. While the influence of his teachers is quite obvious in his early work, in Munich Corinth increasingly develops his own style. The wealth of subjects and their idiosyncratic realisation is striking: portraits and nudes alternate with almost burlesque scenes from mythology, which contrast with the exaggeratedly realistic execution of religious themes.
When contact with the Berlin Secession intensifies, Corinth decides to move to the capital in 1901, where he successfully acquires socially important clients of political and cultural importance. Initially weakened by a severe stroke in the winter of 1911, an intensive phase of work follows in which he repeatedly composes specific subjects such as self-portraits, nudes, flower still lifes and, above all, the landscape around the Walchensee. All motifs are executed in painting and drawing well as in prints. In the tradition of alla prima painting, he uses a dynamic ductus to combine pure colour wet next to wet into a compositional unity.
In 1925 Corinth was awarded the honorary membership of the Bavarian Academy. In the same year, the artist died during a trip to Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2017
„SPOT ON“: Grünes Stillleben mit Früchten und Gladiolen, 1911

Museum Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, Germany

2016-17
Nackt und bloß. Lovis Corinth und der Akt um 1900

Landesmuseum Hannover, Germany

2009
Lovis Corinth, Seelenlandschaften, Walchenseebilder und Selbstbildnisse

Franz-Marc-Museum, Kochel am See, Germany

2008
Lovis Corinth und die Geburt der Moderne

(Retropective on occasion of the 150th birthday of Lovis Corinth), Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany; Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany

2008-09
Lovis Corinth. A feast of Painting

Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2007-08
Lovis Corinth:(1858 - 1925): Entre impressionnisme et expressionnisme

Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

2006-07
Flora: Blumenstücke und Stillleben von Lovis Corinth

Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt, Germany

2004
Ich, Lovis Corinth: Die Selbstbildnisse

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

2003-04
Lovis Corinth – Aquarelle und späte Gemälde

Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

1998-99
Lovis Corinth

Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany; Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain

Group exhibitions
2020
Luft, Licht und Farbe. Malerei süddeutscher Impressionisten

Städtische Wessenberg-Galerie Konstanz, Germany

2019-20
Impressionismus in Leipzig 1900 – 1914: Liebermann Slevogt Corinth, Teil 3: Lovis Corinth

Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany

2019
Sammellust und Kunstgenuss. Die Sammlung Hermann Hugo Neithold

Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, Max-Pechstein-Museum, Zwickau, Germany

2017
100 Meisterwerke

Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus, Luebeck, Germany

1996-97
Liebermann, Slevogt, Corinth. Die Zeichnungen der Niedersächsischen Landesgalerie

Forum des Landesmuseums Hannover, Germany

1983
Von Wilhelm Leibl bis Lovis Corinth, Pastelle, Aquarelle u. Zeichnungen 1865 - 1925 aus d. Sammlung Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt

Altes Rathaus, Schweinfurt, Germany; Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, Germany; Kunsthalle zu Kiel; Städtische Kunstsammlung Augsburg, Germany

1963-64
documenta III

Kassel, Germany

1936-37
Entartete Kunst

Hograten Arkaden, Munich, Germany

1929-30
Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphik

Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Dusseldorf, Germany

1923-24
Stilleben

Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Dusseldorf, Germany

1921-22
Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy

1912-13
Beiträge zur Kunst des XIX. Jahrhunderts und unserer Zeit

Inauguration of Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Dusseldorf, Germany

1899-00
Berliner Secession

2nd exhibition, Berlin, Germany

1890-91
Diogenes

Glaspalast Munich, Germany

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