This grouping of late self-portraits by Lovis Corinth (German, 1858‒1925) from the Block Museum collection shows an artist intensely examining or perhaps even resisting his own mortality. Corinth was among the best-known artists working in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Germany and an influential member of the Berlin Secession, a group of artists formed to challenge the official artists’ association. This collection focus is curated by Curatorial Assistant Linnea Hodge (WCAS, Art History 2017)
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, Lovis Corinth is an analysis of an artist who is little known outside Central Europe. Each aspect of his career is examined, including the Munich and Berlin years, his sources of inspiration, his subject matter, his painting and his drawing. The book is illustrated with numerous colour reproductions of his oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and graphic work. Corinth began his career in the realist tradition in the 1880s but he was soon at the vanguard of change. In 1901, following a period in Munich when his religious and mythological paintings brought him his first taste of fame, Corinth moved to Berlin where he became one of the most important artists spearheading the protest against Kaiser Wilheim II's official policy on art.